District - Gaya
Circuit – Buddhist & hindu
About / Importance –
Gautama Siddhartha is believed to have piously meditated at this place for six years before he went to Bodhgaya for the final realisation. Two small shrines are built to commemorate this phase of Buddha. A golden emaciated Buddha sculpture memorising the rigid penance is enshrined in one of the cave temples and a large (about 6’ tall) Buddha’s statue in the other. A Hindu goddess deity Dungeshwari is also placed inside the cave temple.
View & Feel –
A well maintained concreted path leads to the niche of the hill where the temples are tucked in the hill rocks. There are several Buddha image engravings on the black rocks next to the temple. The gold leafs pasted by the devotees on the black surface of these rocks makes it an exquisite spectacle.
There are seven stupa remains on the top of the hill.
There is one small shop selling water and snacks at the base of the temples from where one can view from atop the panorama of the land below.