Named after Vishnu, one of the trinity of Hindu Gods responsible for the preservation of earth, Vishnupad Temple in Gaya is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines and every good Hindu is supposed to visit the temple at least once in his lifetime to free ancestral souls and secure their salvation.
The 2500 years old temple symbolizing the final salvation of wandering soul was renovated in the eighteenth century by Rani Ahilya Bai of Holkar state. The three generations of 900 sculptor families brought from Rajasthan participated in the renovation work, which was completed in the year 1765
After the world war II ended in 1945, well known Japanese Buddhist monk Fuji Guruji resolved to start a movement for world peace by setting up "Vishwa Shanti Stupas" or world peace pagodas in different parts if the world. He visited India, again in 1956, on the occasion of the 2500th anniversary celebration of the "Mahaparinirvana" of Lord Buddha at the invitation of the then Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.
Guruji also agreed to function as a member of the Rajgir Development Committee formed by the government of India with Nehru himself as the chairman. Subsequently, Guruji initiated his plans for the desired development of Rajgir with a view to reviving its ancient glory. For the purpose, the Ragir Buddha Vihar Society was founded by Guruji in 1964.
The capital city of Bihar has quite a few interesting sites to visit. One can see centuries old stone sculptures in Patna Museum and remains of the ancient city of Pataliputra in Kumahrar Park. For the religious ones, Badi Patan Devi Temple and Takht Sri Harmandirji hold a special significance.
Bihar Yoga Bharti, in Munger, excels like a gem on the hilltop overlooking the Ganga. It is dedicated to the study of Yoga in gurukul environment.
It was Swami Sivananda who mulled a yoga institute when he established the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy in Rishikesh. This inspiration was carried forward by Swami Satyananda, who established Bihar School of Yoga in 1963, followed by the Ganga Darshan Complex, in Munger. Swami Niranjanananda, with the blessings of his predecessors, founded Bihar Yoga Bharti in 1994 "inorder to preserve and rekindle the total scope of yogic science" by combining academic and scientific methodology with a spiritual vision.
Most associate Bhagalpur with world class silk. But few know about its fascinating past that can be felt resonating here. Mandar Hills in Bhagalpur is one of the few destinations that find a mention in Puranas repeatedly; have a major role to play in the epic of Mahabharatas and have an indelible part in the evolution of Jainism.