Rajgir is one of the ancient cities which served as the capital of Magadha kings. The early name of Rajgir is 'Rajgrih' which means"the home of Royalty". It is situated 15 Kms away from Nalanda district in the Indian state of Bihar with lush green forests and valley make the major attraction of the tourists. Since the early time, this place was associated with the Lord Buddha where he delivered sermons and proselytized emperor Bimbisara and in exchange Bimbisara offered a place to stay to Lord Buddha called Venuvan Vihar. It was here in Rajgir that the first Buddhist Council was held and the teaching of Lord Buddha was codified. Today, Rajgir is not only serving as the Buddhist pilgrimage centre in the list of religious and spiritualism tourism of Incredible India but also regarded as the hub of medical tourism for its health and winter resort with its warm water ponds which are said to contain the medicinal properties which help in the cure of many skin diseases.
Buddhist Temples at Rajgir
As Lord Buddha preached his gospel of Four Noble Truths and Noble Eightfold Path and converted Bimbisara of Magadha and many others to his religion, the place had become the source of inspiration for other world as well. However, the famous Buddhist temples, monasteries, pagoda and other monuments which are directly and indirectly associated with the life of Buddha are Jivakameavan Gardens where Lord Buddha where Lord Buddha was once medicated by Jivaka, Ajatshatru Fort and Stupa, Cyclopean Wall, Shanti Stupa with four glimmering statues of Buddha, Venu Vana residence of Lord Buddha, Karanda Tank where Buddha used to bathe, Sonbhandar Caves, Bimbisar jail, Veerayatan, Chariot Route Marks, Hot Springs, Saptarni Caves, Pippala cave, Swarn Bhandar, Gridhakuta where the lord Buddha set in a motion his second wheel of law, Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda) constructed by the Buddha Sangha of Japan.
Other Attractions nearby Rajgir
Besides the Buddhist temples, monasteries and pagodas, Rajgir is attracting the tourists from all over the world for its Swarajpur-Baragaon, Kundalpur, Pawapuri, Bihar Sharif, Nalanda, Pipphali House or Cave, Venuvana, Jivakarama, Tapodarama, Saptaparni Cave, Jarasandha Ka Akhara, Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, Maniyar Math, Swarnabhandar Cave, Viswa Shanti Stupa, Ruins of an Old Fort etc.