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Rajgir in Bihar


Fast Facts

One of the well known popular tourist destinations in India, Rajgir is located in the state of Bihar. It is a well known pilgrimage site for the Buddhists and was an ancient Buddhist center of learning.

Did You Know

Known as the 'house of the king', Rajgir is surrounded by 5 hills and was the capital city of the Magadha Empire. It was the resting place of Lord Buddha for 12 years.

Must Do

Visit well known sites like Birth Place of Bhagavan Sai, Sathyabhama Temple, Sri Raju Kalyana Mandapam, Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium

Introduction

Rajgir a notified area in the Nalanda district was the erstwhile capital of the Magadhan Kingdom and a prominent place in the Jain and Buddhist religious history. Being located in the valley, Rajgir is a very scenic place. The literal meaning of the word Rajgir means the home of royalty. The place has a proud association with Lord Buddha and Buddhism. Presently Rajgir is a one of the major pilgrimage site for Buddhists. This pilgrimage city is divided into two parts: the old city and the new city. The old fortified city is surrounded by seven hills and the new city was founded by the son of Bimbisara and a contemporary of Lord Buddha. The prime attractions of Japanese stupa, Venuvana, Tapodharma, Saptaparni Caves, Bimbisara's jail, Chariot Tracks. Venuvana is the bamboo grove that was gifted by Bimbisara, the then king of Magadh to Lord Buddha. Also visit the Gridhakuta set atop a small hill, it is believed to be the meditating place of Lord Buddha. There are as many as 26 Jain Temples present on the hill top of the Rajgiri and are visited by a large number tourists. The Lakshmi Narayan Mandir famous for its hot spring receives a large number of tourists to take a dip in its water as it is believed to have medicinal properties and can cure many chronic diseases.

A special mention particular needs to be made of the Ropeway that takes the visitors to the top of the Ratnagiri hills.

  

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