- Capital of ancient Magadha -
Veluvana Ramaya (Bamboo Grove)
Vulture's Peak (Gridhrakuta Hill)
|The ruling King was King Seniya Bimbisara who presented the
Bamboo-groove to the Buddha when the Buddha returned to preach the Dhamma
to the king as promised before He attained His enlightenment.
|Atop of this hill there are 2 natural caves.|
- The ancient Kingdom of Kosala -
Jetavana Monastery (Jeta's Grove)
-presented by Anathapindika-
|Ananda Bodhi Tree
-erected by Visakha-
- Capital of the Licchavis -
Kolhua Buddha Stupa
It is here that the Buddha announced His approaching to Nibbana.
Ambavana, the Manggo Grove
Asoka Pillar to mark the event of the announcement.
100 years after the Buddha Maha-pari-nibbana, the 2nd Buddhist Council was
held here. The first schism in the Sangha occured here after the Council
presided by Ven. Sabbakami declared the conduct of the Vajjian monks were
The Vajjian monks begin the school of Mahasanghikas.
- The Great Buddhist University -
|The Ruins of Nalanda
The importance of this place for Buddhist began with the establishment of the Nalanda Buddhist University (one of the oldest university in the world) about 5th century B.C. ago. It became world famous on account of its many brilliant professors and high standard of education. There were a total of 9 million books with 2 thousand teachers and 10 thousand students studying there.
It was destroyed by invaders at about 12th century.
- Establish by Asoka as a centre of Buddhism -
The Great Thupa (stupa)
The ruins pillars
|King Asoka contructed a stupa here because of the happy association with Vidisa, the birth place of Devi, his consort.||In the bas-reliefs on the gateway, there were scenes which can be
divided into five groups: |
1. scenes from the life of the Buddha such as the 4 main events
(birth, enlightenment, first sermon, maha-pari-nibbana) and
another 25 events such as Maya's dream, 4 sights, ...;
2. 5 Jatakas representatives;
3. historical events such as the division of the Buddha's relics;
4. the symbolic representations of the 6 Manushi (previous)
Buddhas and the future Buddha; and
5. other miscellaneous scenes and decorations.
May we continue
to track the Path of our Master - the Buddha
both His Teachings and the actual paths He left in this physical world.