This is an ancient Shiva temple located in the predominantly Vaishnavite pilgrim town of Gaya. Prapitaamaheswara is said to be a witness deity for the performance of the offerings of the pindas to ancestors. Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Lingam. Gaya and Buddha Gaya nearby have been revered pilgrimage centers of India since antiquity.
Bodh Gaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Gaya district in the Indian state of Bihar. It is famous as it is the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have attained Enlightenment (Pali: bodhi) under what became known as the Bodhi Tree.
Gaya district is mentioned in the great epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. It is the place where Rama, with Sita and Lakshmana, came to offer pind-daan for their father, Dasharath, and continues to be a major Hindu pilgrimage site for the pind-daan ritual.
One of the greatest tourist attractions in Bihar is the beautiful pilgrimage city of Gaya. Gaya is mostly known as the birthplace of Buddhism as Gautama Buddha attained nirvana in this holy site. Gaya has temples of great beauty and heritage and makes it one of the most desired spiritual destinations in India.
The beautiful city is surrounded on three sides by hills and the meandering Phalgu River. If you are planning to make a trip to witness some spectacular temples while taking a walk through the history and the presence of Buddhism, in all peace and relaxation, then Gaya is your place.
1. The Mahabodhi Temple
2. The Great Buddha Statue
3. Lord Yama Temple, Pretshila Hill
4. Dungeshwari Cave Temples
5. Mangla Gauri Temple
6. Chinese Temple
7. Vishnupad Temple