The religious disposition of Gaya makes it an extraordinary city. Legend has it that a demon named Gaya was killed by Lord Vishnu who pressed him down with his foot. Gaya has a spiritual identity very distinct from neighbouring Bodh Gaya.
The deeper you dig, the more Gaya amazes you. So, here we are with a list of 28 lesser-known facts about Gaya that will certainly tickle your imagination and grow your interest in this historic town.
For millions of years, Indians have followed in the footsteps of Lord Rama. They come to Gaya to offer Pind Daan for their ancestors. According to the popular ritual, Pind Daan is made in order to rid the soul of a person from materialistic and human attachments it makes while still in possession of a body.
The famous Mangal Gauri Temple in Gaya has always been popular for the idol of Goddess Durga seen in her pacifying avatar, but now people also come here to see the beggars’ bank, started by a group of 40 beggars.
The Magadh Mahotsava is held every year in its commemoration and to preserve this age-old house of culture and music. In a music festival in Gaya you can expect the biggest stalwarts of classical music to be present.
And to think they study for this entrance exam in the din of 10,000 power looms working at the same time. Amazing!!
The lengths to which man goes to prove his faith to other fellow humans is just amazing.
Acharya Dharmakriti came all the way from Sumatra to Gaya and Fa Hien came all the way from China.
The Diamond Throne or the Vajrasaa was built by Ashoka in the 3rd century here.
Besides the sweets, Gaya is a heaven for people who love street food. You will find the best chanajorgaramaand bakarkhani roti here.
Legend has it that river Phalgu had betrayed the trust of Sita, when the river refused to acknowledge that she had already made the Pind Daan in the absence of Rama and pacified his ancestors. Raged by the river’s disloyalty, she cursed it to remain below the ground for all the time.
The God’s footprints are found on a slab of stone, which is preserved in the Vishnupad Temple dating back to 1780. The foot print is covered with red sandalwood paste every night.
It is also one of the rare statues of Lord Vishnu with four arms.
The tree does not shed leaves in any season.
This small incident was instrumental, for him to realize the middle path. He realized that neither too much self-indulgence nor too much self-mortification is required. What you need to adopt for a happy life is the middle path.
It is one of the most sacred places for Jains.