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Thursday, March 20, 2008

India : Bodh Gaya : Festival and Ceremony - 4

Guys, this the 4th and last part on Bodh Gaya. Let us have a look on the Festival and Ceremony of Bodh Gaya.

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Buddha Jayanti:

This Buddha Jayanti falls on the full moon night in the month of Vaisakha (either in April or May). Commemorates the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha. Pilgrims came from all over the world to Bodh Gaya to pay respect and homage to Lord Buddha. The Mahabodhi Temple wears a festival look and is decorated with colourful flags and flowers.

Kalchakra Ceremony:

This ceremony organized under the leadership of Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal head of Tibetan Buddhist and conducted over a period of 10 days, annually. It is believed that if one attends this ceremony at least once in a lifetime one will attain salvation.
Peace Ceremony:

Since 1994 the American branch of the Tibetan Nyingmpa sect holds a peace ceremony with a view to promoting peace and good will among mankind. The ceremony includes daily prayers with one lakh chantings, one lakh brass butter lamps lighting, offering with garlands and flowers to the Mahabodhi temple.

Pitra Paksh Tarpan:

The solemn festival is held at Gaya every year in memory of family ancestors. Gaya is a very sacred pilgrim center fo Hindus. The temple of Vishnupada on the bank of the river. Falgu attracts a very large number of pilgrims. Devotees also make offerings at the jewel walk and although a Hindu festival, prayers are also offered to the Lord Buddha.
Shopping:

One can buy sweets, handicrafts items and decorative pieces made out of stone in Bodh Gaya. Though sea is very far from this place, we also find items made from sea shells. Behind the Bodhi Mandir in Bodh Gaya is a huge market for foreign goods.

Tourist Information Centres:
Bodhgaya Tourist Information Centre, : 2200672
Gaya Tourist Information Centre, : 2420155

Money Changer:

Bank of India, : 2200750

Important Telephone Numbers:

Patan Airport, : 0612-2220146

Railway Enquiry, Gaya, : 2420283

Police Station, : 2200741

Museum, : 2200739

Guys plan your visit to our India's most beautiful Bodh Gaya.
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