Gaya is a city located in Gaya district of Bihar which is worldwide reckoned as an important religious site for Hindus. The city has great religious and traditional significance with its highly valued historical facts. Located on the banks of River Falgu, this city is a sacred place for the followers of Jain, Buddhism and Hindu religions. With religious and cultural values, it is believed that Pind Dan salvation to the souls of ancestors is an important ritual which must be done by a Hindu at least once in a lifetime.
Attractions for tourists in Gaya
Vishnupad temple was built in Shikhara pattern art work by the ruler of Indore named Ahilya Bai Holker in the 18th century. This temple is a most revered place for the disciples of Lord Vishnu. The temple is adorned with statues of different god and goddesses which are beautifully carved and sculptured. Millions of pilgrims visit temple to see the fascinating sculpturing and architectural art work.
Located at the western part of revered Vishnupad temple, Surya Kund is a main spot of tourists’ attraction in Gaya. It is a conviction that one can get rid of his sins if dips in this holy kund due to which during festive time in March-April and September-October, millions of devotees arrive here. On Chhath puja, people perform worship of God Sun and take a dip in this sacred Surya Kund.
Phalgu River Ghats
There are currently 11 ghats along the bank of Phalgu River which are reckoned as sanctified places for the Hindus. These ghats are considered ideal for performing traditional activities, rituals, bathing and inherited rites.
Pretshila Hill is one of the most sacred sites for Hindus that is situated at North-West position of Gaya. This place is used in Hindu religion for offering Pindas to ancestors. Visitors also get a chance to visit temple of Pretaraja which is situated at the summit of this hill. With higher religious and traditional values, this site is a major attraction for tourists of India and foreign countries.
Jama Masjid is located in the center point of Gaya which was constructed around 200 years ago. This mosque is the most sacred place for Muslims in Bihar and it is been toured by millions of tourists every year. The Jama Mosque is a worldwide popular for Tabligh and Shabina. Shabina is a special worship procedure performed on 27th night of Ramadan.