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Bimbisara Jail

Located near the eastern gate of the ancient Rajgir city, this is a ruin of a large square stone structure. Popularly believed to be the jail where king Bimbisara was imprisoned by his son Ajatshatru. From this point the Gridhkut hill top which was the Buddha’s favourite meditation place is clearly visible. The legend goes as king Bimbisara’s only wish was to be able to watch this peak during his last days, even while he was imprisoned. Thus the place acquired the name of the legendary prison. .......
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Giriyak hill

The Cylindrical Stupa has beautiful motifs on its sides. The layer of plaster is also visible at different places on the stupa, sometimes almost thicker than an inch. So it can be assumed that this stupa was once decorated with stucco images and was an important destination for the followers of Buddism. There is a lake on the hill a little beyond the stupa and the view of the green valley below with the azure Ghorakatora Lake spread at the valley below is absolutely a breathtaking spectacle from the hill top. .. ...... Explore More
   
   

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Gridhkuta hill-top

The meditation place at this hill top is a sombre and pristine space that is surrounded by the other hills. From one side one can see the green forest of the valley below and a path the leads to Ghorakatora Lake. The rectangular brick structure about 2’ high with one open side forms an enclosure where devotees offer the prayer flags and other humble offerings.

It is believed that from here the Buddha had lived in one of the caves on this hill and preached Saddharmapundarika Sutra. It is learned from Zuanzang’s travelogue that king Bimbisara made a road from the foothills of this hill till half way and then a staircase till the top for visiting the Buddha. .. ...... Explore More
   
   

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Hot Spring Kund

TIt is learned that there were plenty of hot springs in Rajgir earlier. Presently the most visited hot spring is in the eastern slope of Vaibhar hill. As there are multiple Hindu temple structures and tales related to Mahabharata with the main hot spring, it is very popular to Hindu pilgrims. The tank (popularly known as Brahma Kund) and faucets constructed to facilitate the bathers and there is a separate enclosure with a faucet for ladies. This water is supposed to be healing, especially for arthritis and joint pains.

There is also another hot spring in the adjacent Vipula hill popular to Muslim devotees known as Makhdum Kund. It is named after Muslim saint Makhdum Saheb, who is believed to have spent 12 years in the jungles of Rajgir in 13th century. There is no entry fee. . ...... Explore More
   
   

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Ibrahim Baya Mukbara

This tomb has a minimal architectural style and emanates more spirituality than royalty, unlike other grand Islamic mausoleums. There is a well laid drivable road which reaches almost the top of the hill for the convenience of the visitors. There seems to be an ancient unexcavated brick structure in the surroundings. The view of the town and the span of green land beneath is indeed a delightful additional attraction of this tomb. The numerous parrots sitting on the slope of the dome make the sight animated with the buzz of life. . ...... Explore More
   
   

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Jarasandha’s ‘Baithak’

The large rectangular structure constructed with stone blocks can be seen at the right side while walking up the stairway towards Saptaparni caves at the Vaibhara hill. In the Mahabharata epic Jarasandha is mentioned as a tyrant king who is connected to some of the places by popular mythical tales. It is believed traditionally that this place was Jarasandha’s meeting place to discuss the royal matters thus the name of this place acquired this name as the meeting place of Jarasandh. ...... Explore More
   
   

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Kundalpur

Believed to be the birth place of Tirthankar Mahavir this place is considered one of the most important pilgrimage by the Digambar sect of Jains. The proximity to the ancient capital city Rajgir Kundalpur was an important satellite town and popular among travellers. ...... Explore More
   
   

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Maniar Math

The unique structure of this site reveals two segments with one cylindrical well like structure at the centre and a walled platform structure built around it. The stucco badly damaged images on the wall space have become difficult to recognise properly. It appears from the excavated remains that through the passage of time different religious sects like the Nagas, Hindus, Buddists and Jains have made this a significant place of worship. ...... Explore More
   
   

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JNalanda University Ruin

TIt is the ruins of one of the oldest residential international university which thrived from around 5th or 6th century CE till 13th century. The current excavated site spreads across around 14 acres of land. However, if the description of Zuanzang, the 7th century Chinese traveller is to be correlated the excavated part is only about 10% of the actual area on which the original institute was spread over. ...... Explore More
   
   

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Pawapuri

The temple of Pawapuri the 24th Tirthankara Mahavir was cremated is a symbol of purity also known as Jal Mandir. The quaint white temple in the middle of the very large tank filled with lotus seems to have bloomed itself like a blossom. The walk along the long bridge connecting the temple with the mainland through the pink white lotus is a mesmerising experience. The water birds wading amidst the lotus plants and their chirpings in the sombre silence create an unparalleled spiritual impact. ...... Explore More
   
   

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Samwasaran

The Swetambara sect of Jains believe that at this place the 24th and last Tirthankara Mahavir delivered the first and also the last sermon.In the middle of the white marble yard the conical flight of stairs carries one to the shrine mounted on the top of the conical mount. ...... Explore More
   
   

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Satparni Hills

The flight of steps that leads to the holy caves starts from the base where the famous hot water spring temple is situated. At the peak there is the quaint Jain temple at the shadow of a large tree. One takes a right turn to climb down towards the other side of the hill and a few steps down, are located the natural caves with the extended rock platform. The array of pilgrimages diverse religion on both the sides of the stairway and finally a view of the valley from the peak make this place a must visit spot. ...... Explore More
   
   

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Son Bhandar

TAt the southern side of the Vaibhara hill facing the west there are two adjacent rock-cut caves which were originally double storied. Engravings of Jain Tirthankaras are found on the walls of the caves. The popular myth goes as that this place was the gold treasury of king Bimbisara, thus the name of the place. There is a doorway and windows at this rock cut cave. At the interior of the cave there are six small figures of Jain Tirthankaras carved in relief and representing Padmaprabha, Parshvanatha and Mahavira. ...... Explore More
   
   

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Venuvan

It is said that this Bamboo grove park was donated to the Buddha by the then Magadha king Bimbisara and a monastery for the Buddhist monks was built at this place. The Buddha is said to have stayed here during rainy seasons and delivered his sermons. There was also a lake here which was called Kalandakanivapa. Presently there is a large tank with lots of big fishes and few ducks and swans. There is a statue of the Buddha facing the lake. ...... Explore More
   
   

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Virayatan

A socio- religious institute focusing on serving the humanity believing in the Jain philosophy operates from a picturesque base located at Rajgir. It is established in 1973 on the occasion of 2500th year of Janm Kalyanak Varsh of Mahavira. Community health, education and cultural improvement through training and promotion have been the main concern of this institute. The art gallery “Shri Brahmi Kala Mandiram” is the finest attraction for the tourists displaying the life of 24 Tirthankaras of Jains conveying the non-violence philosophy. ...... Explore More
   
   

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Vishwa Shanti Stupa

The magnificent white marble and concrete stupa dome rises about 125’ high that was built in 1969 at the top of the Ratnagiri hill to commemorate the Buddha. There are four golden Buddha statues around the dome. The sombre sound of the enormous gong emitting from the temple behind fills the entire space with an aura of sanctity. The Buddha’s favourite meditation peak Gridhkuta is the adjacent peak which can be reached by climbing down a well maintained stairway from this peak. View & Feel - The 7.5 minute ropeway ride to the top is quite a thrilling experience. ...... Explore More
   
   

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Zuan Zang Memorial Hall

This magnificent hall with a spread of splendid garden is decorated with mural paintings and carvings. The metal relief mural art work depicting Zuanzang’s life is a fabulous piece along with the marble relief behind the huge statue of Zuanzang. A stone piece with the carving impression of Buddha’s feet that used to be worshipped by Zuanzang himself is kept on the pedestal. There is also a mural painting of his teacher Sheelbhadra on the left wall of the hall. The Buddhist motifs colourfully painted on the ceiling is also remarkable. ...... Explore More
   
   

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Jarasandha’s ‘Baithak’

The large rectangular structure constructed with stone blocks can be seen at the right side while walking up the stairway towards Saptaparni caves at the Vaibhara hill. In the Mahabharata epic Jarasandha is mentioned as a tyrant king who is connected to some of the places by popular mythical tales. It is believed traditionally that this place was Jarasandha’s meeting place to discuss the royal matters thus the name of this place acquired this name as the meeting place of Jarasandh. ...... Explore More