Thursday, August 11, 2022

The People


TheThe lying down budha modern districts of Gaya, Nawada, Aurangabad, Nalanda and Patna may be described as the holy land of Buddhism. These districts contain a fairly large number of places associated with the life and teachings of Buddha, the great founder of Buddhism. It was at Gaya that Gautama spent long years of penance and meditation before he finally attained Nirvana.

It was to Gaya that he turned at an early stage in his search of truth. The tree under which he attained enlightenment thus became most sacred to Buddhists and worship has consequently centred it from the earliest period of Buddhism. Bihar became the last  refuge of Buddhism in northern India up to the time of the Mohammedan conquest. The Biharis still revere the Buddha today just as deeply as they honour Krishna, Rama, Shankara, Ramanuja, Kabir (poet) and Nanak (Sikh guru). They honour him as an avatar.