Gaya is the City of Liberation
Gaya, 2 October, (Dainik
Jagran). Ramesh Joshi, a pilgrim who has come from Kolkata [Calcutta]
in West Bengal says that Gaya is the city of liberation and most pilgrims
come here due to faith. He also said that when Bhagwan [Buddha?] came
to Gaya the Vishnupad temple must already have been here as this is
what history tells us. It is also clear that the enlightenment that
Bhagwan Buddha obtained in Bodhgaya is somehow connected with having
faith in Bhagwan Vishnu. Even today also people come here in order to
make offerings to the ancestors in the desire to attain liberation.
In the same way Ramesh Kumar, a pilgrim from Bara Bazar in Kolkata city
believes that nowadays the fame of Mahabodhi temple is more than that
of the Vishnupad temple. Also the management of the Mahabodhi temple
is better than that of Vishnupad temple.
[The Dainik Jagran is publishing interviews with pilgrims to the Pitripaksa
Mela most days at the moment, these are two excerpts from today's accounts:-PGF]