|According to mythology, Gaya got its name from the mighty demon Gayasura who attacked heaven. This holy place find a place in the Ramayana. In Ramayana, it is described that Lord Rama with his wife and brother Lakshman visited this place to offer Pinda to their deceased father.|
The holy city of Gaya is situated in the Bihar in the eastern part of India. It is situated at a distance of 100 km from Patna, the capital of Bihar and sitting on the west side of the river Falgu. Gaya is surrounded by three hills. They are Brahmayoni, Ramshila and Pretshila which form an important transit point to reach Bodhgaya. It has a pleasant climatic condition with temperature hovering around 38'c during summer season. The city receives heavy rainfall and travelling is not advisable during monsoon season but there is enjoyable weather conditions in winter.
Location, Climate and Religious Importance
Gaya is among one of the ancient city of India. In Mahabharata, Gaya was known as Gayapuri. Gaya is wrapped with ancient temples, stups, kunds and monastries related with both Hindi and Buddhism religion. It is one of the most prominent centre in India for both Hindu and Buddhism pilgrim.
Hindu pilgrims from every corner of India arrive at the Vishnupad temple with their offering of Pinda to ensure peace for their departed souls of ancestors. Another important and famous pilgrim centre in Gaya is Bodhgaya. Bodhgaya is the place where Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment. There is a heavy influx of international tourists and Buddhists at Bodhgaya. Due to presence of Bodhgaya, Gaya has got a recognation at international level.
Gaya is a developing city. However, there is no major industry and factory but it has got advantage of a clean environment. Gaya is well connected through airway, roadway and railway. From Gaya junction you can get trains for all main cities of India like Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi. Gaya has a well network of roadways too. NH 82 passes through the city while it is connected with many other NH roadways. Gaya has a international airport but its condition is not very good. It lacks even many basic facilities. Agriculture is the main occupation of people living in Gaya.
Overall, Gaya is a holy city. Its importance can be judged only with that why all great personalities like Gautam Buddha, Mahavir and Lord Rama prefered Gaya than other places.