Rajgir: Vishwa Shanti Stupa


Rajgir located at the travel distance of around 45 minutes from Biharsharif (district headquarter of Nalanda district). Being located in a valley, Rajgir is a very scenic place. The small hill grit town is covered with lush green forest which add to the beauty of the place. Rajgir was the capital of the Magadh Mahajanpad (State) when Patliputra (present Patna) was not formed. In those days it was called Rajgrih. Rajgir or Rajgrih means the home of Royals. Rajgir is also associated with Lord Buddha and Buddhism. Buddha spent many years in Rajgir and delivered sermons here and proselytized emperor Bimbisar at the Griddhakoota hill. It is said that it was at Rajgir that physician treated Buddha, Jivak after he was injured by his cousin Devdatta. The teachings of Buddha was penned down at Rajgir and it was also the venue for the first Buddhist Council. Today Rajgir has come up as one of the most important pilgrimage for the Buddhist.

On 2nd December 2011, we started our journey from Biharsharif for Rajgir at 5:00 AM in the morning. As we had few hours for visiting Rajgir the Vishwa Shati Stupa was in mind for this visit. We reached rajgir at the time of sunrise. We enquired about the ropeway and we were informed that ropeway starts at 8:30 AM in the morning. So we had no option but to trek up to stupa.

The road to Stupa is same which was followed by king Bimbisara when he visited Lord Budhdha. The road was clean and there were no shopkeepers and beggars in the morning.

The Rajgir valley was covered with the mist in the morning giving spectacular view.

On the way to Vishwa Shanti Stupa we have seen many birds, even getting ready for their ready schedule. On our way towards Stupa, sun also came up from the hill on the other side of the valley.

As we reached on the top of the hill (after the walk of around 1.5 KM), had first view of magnificent Stupa. When we reached on the top of the hill, we were only two person around the stupa. Soft light of morning along with absence of crowd around Stupa presented a great opportunity to capture Stupa through lenses.

There is a monastery at the edge of hills. There is Morning Prayer in monastery and one monk was beating the drum to imitate holy mantra. Camera and mobiles are not allowed inside the monastery.

There were langoors on the tree ouside the monastery posed to us.

Golden Langur

After brief stroll around the vishwa shanti stupa we started climbing down on the hills. It was around 7:30 AM and the shopkeepers started putting the shops on the roadside. Langoors and Monkeys also started gathering on the roadside for getting food from tourists.

We moved quickly down and returned back to Biharsharif.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Mehul Teli
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 11:31:20

    These are some really wonderful pictures Alok. Venerable Nichidatsu Fujii, the founding preceptor of ‘Nippozan Myohoji’ met Gandhiji in 1933 at Wardha and became his life-long admirer. Gandhiji, too, impressed by his infinite clarity of purpose and dedication to peace, named him Fujii Guruji. In 1983, 1983, Fujii Guruji expressed his wish to build a Vishwa Shanti Stupa at Wardha. In 1993, the President of India, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma inuagurated the Stupa. Your next trip to a Vishwa Shanti Stupa could be at Wardha. Read more facts about the Vishwa Shanti Stupa on the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation website.

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