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Vaishali - Buddhist pilgrimage in India

Vaishali located in the district of Vaishali is a famous Buddhist place and one of the important tourist places of the Bihar Buddhism Circuit. Lord Buddha often visited this place and delivered his last sermon at Kolhua, a spot situated nearby. The Great Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, who was a devout follower of Buddhism, constructed one of his renowned lion pillars at this place in the 3rd century BC which marks the occasion.

The pillar was erected to mark the last sermon of Lord Buddha at the spot. Lord Buddha used to stay at a monastery located here, which is now in ruins. A huge tank is nearby. There are numerous monasteries and stupas in this area which much inspire the visitors. Jains also throng the town in large numbers as the Vaishali town is rumored to be the birthplace of the Lord Mahavira.

Attractions

Stupas and places of Buddhist religious interest top the list of attractions of Vaishali. Some of the famed ones are: Relic Stupa, World Peace Pagoda, Ananda Stupa and Kutagarasala Vihara. All these are must visit places that you shouldn’t miss while you tour Vaishali. Among the other attractions of the place, these are the key ones:

Vaishali Museum : This museum has a rich collection of antiquities gathered from the many sites in Vaishali. A circular tin shed offering shelter to the remains of the stupa, which once housed the Buddha's funeral ashes, is near this museum.

Raja Vishal Ka Garh : This is an excavated site, which is believed to be the remains of the Ancient Parliament House of the Lichchavi government. Close by is the Abhishek Pushkarani or the coronation tank of the Lichchavis.

Bawan Pokhar Temple : Built during the Pala period, Bawan Pokhar Temple is on the northern side of a tank called Bawan Pokhar and enshrines lovely images of numerous Hindu gods.

Nearby Attraction

Muzaffarpur: It is a district in the northern Bihar with its capital at Muzaffarput City, which is situated nearly 35 km from Vaishali. Muzaffarpur is located on the banks of the Burhi Gandak River, and is a well-known historical and cultural destination of the region. Based on the name of a revenue officer belonging to the eighteenth century called Muzaffar Khan, previously the regions of Champaran, Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur were combined and together known as Vaishali. This area was the nucleus of power and authority of the world celebrated Linchavi Republic.

One of the many gateways to Nepal, Muzaffarpur is also much famous for the highly tasty fruits, Litchis, apart from other attractions such as Jubba Sahni Park, Litchi gardens, Garib Sthan Mandir, Ramna Devi Mandir, Baglamukhi Mandir, and National Litchi Research Centre. On a tour to Muzzafarpur, these tourist places must not be left untouched.

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