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Monday, December 9, 2013

Rajgir - Tourist Attractions

I was on a week long trip to Patna & Rajgir/Nalanda & Bodh Gaya during November 2013.
Jivaka Amravana Vihara - Jivaka was a renowned physician in the court of Bimbisara and Ajathasatru during the 6th-5th century BC. He presented his extensive mango grove to Gautama Buddha and constructed a monastery for the community. These structures have been identified as the remains of the Amravana Vihara & monastery
Chariot wheel marks and shell inscriptions probably belonging to the 4th or 5th century AD. According to legend the chariot wheel marks belong to the Mahabharata period.
Bimbisara Jail - This structure has been been identified as a jail of the 5th century BC where King Bimbisara was kept in confinement by his son Ajatasatru
Son Bhandar Caves - These caves were excavated during the 4th century AD by the great Sage Vairadeva for Jaina sages.
Maniyar Math - This may be identified with the Manimala Caitya mentioned in the Pali texts or the shrine of Mani Naga mentioned in the Mahabharata. only the ruins remain now.
Hot Water Springs:  The Saptparni cave is the source of the Rajgir Hot Water Springs that have curative properties (likely due to the sulfur) and are sacred to the Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. Here, hot water from seven different springs (together called Saptarshi, or seven sages) merge. Separate bathing places have been organized for men and women and the water comes through spouts from Saptdhara, the seven streams. The hottest of the springs is the Brahmakund with a temperature of 45 degree Centigrade.
Here you can see devotees bathing. I had hot water baths in the Sapthadhara and then again a dip in the Brahmakund.

11 comments:

  1. fascinating place!!!

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  2. What an interesting place! great photos, thanks for sharing your visit. Have a great week!

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  3. what and amazing place, those chariot wheel tracks are fantastic... we have hot sulfpur springs here about an hour away from us, but they are inside a spa and very expensive... great shot of the people bathing...

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  4. the ancient ruins are amazing. love the stone walls.

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  5. Oh wow. Great photos. The mass bathing is particularly interesting. I've seen similar in Bali, but at least, here, the sexes are well separated. :)

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  6. I recently visited Rajgir and visited all mentioned by you via images except Maniyar Math. Incredible history. Visiting Jarasandh Akhara was also a good visit nearby Son Bhandar Caves.

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  7. Pictures are very beautiful. Keep sharing post like this. One of the oldest continually inhabited places in the world, Patna once served as the centre of fine art and learning during the Mauryan empire. Check out all best hotels in Patna also.

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  8. Hi Ramakrishnan

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