My quest to unfold India took me to various place in past. This time when I was travelling to my native Bihar I had encounter with my cousins who took me to Place called Vaishali.
Vaishali derives its name from King Vishal who ruled it during Mahabharata age.
So I asked to myself what is so special about this place. My journey started & I reached Vishwa Shanti Stupa (World Peace Pagoda) built by the Nipponzan Myohoji sect of Japan.Stupa has idol of Lord Buddha which represent of four different mood of Gautam Buddha.
It is said Budhha after leaving Kapilavastu first visited to Vaishali to get enlightenment . After the Enlightenment the Buddha frequently visited Vaishali.
Some Notable Buddhist site to visit includes:
- Relic stupa : These Stupa said to be contains scared ashes of Buddha. Its near to Coronation Tank
- Kutagarasala Vihara : Place were Buddha. stayed
- Coronation Tank : The water of this tank was said to be holy and all Vaishali selected representative were anointed here, before swearing.
Leaving from there I went to small village there known as Kundigram. It is said to be birth place of Lord Mahavira the twenty-fourth and last tirthankara of Jainism. Its beautiful place which is quite often visited by people who follow Jainism. At present the Jain Community is building huge temple of marble to pay their tribute of Loard Mahavir.
But this place is not only about Buddhism or Jainism. It is said that before Buddhism and Jainism Vaishali was the capital of the vibrant republican Licchavi state which was before birth of Mahavir which suggests that it was perhaps the first republic in the world, similar to those later found in ancient Greece.
In the republic of Vaishali, Lord Mahavira was born. Gautama Buddha delivered his last sermon at Vaishali and announced his Parinirvana (nirvana-after-death ) there. Vaishali is also renowned as the land of Ambapali (also spelled as Amrapali), the great Indian courtesan, who appears in many folktales, as well as in Buddhist literature.
My last stop was at Vaishali Museum. This place is good. The museum was set up in 1971 to preserve the antiquities found during exploration and excavation in and around the area. It has four galleries. The rich collection at museum takes you back in time and help you to understand life style of Ancient Vaishali people.
So if you want to witness world’s first Democracy were Buddhism and Jainism advent you must visit Vaishali.
How to reach Vaishali.
By Air : Patna is Capital of Bihar a state in India. You can take Domestic flight from any Airport in India to Patna. From there either you can Haier Taxi or Tourist Bus
Rail: Hajipur on the north eastern railway station from Muzaffarpur Railway station .
Vaishalli is well connected by road 56 Kms from Patna 40 Kms from Muzaffarpur and 35 Kms from Hajipur.
All The Best. Happy Journey.