Tracing Buddha 7-week journey at Mahabodhi Temple Complex after attaining nirvana


Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya is a pertinent pilgrimage site for the Buddhists and for all the followers of Gautam Buddha. A remarkable prince and sage, Buddha toiled throughout his life to spiritually uplift as many people as he could. Although there are a few places related to his life journey, the Mahabodhi Temple Complex is a special site. It was constructed at the behest of Emperor Asoka in the 3rd century, and later, it was renovated and expanded by the kings of the Gupta dynasty.

Timeline of Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya

The temple is one of the most prominent temples in India. The significant events that occurred on its timeline are as under:

531 BC – Buddha attained the perfect state of enlightenment while being seated in meditation under a Bodhi tree at the site of Mahabodhi Temple Complex.

260 BC – Emperor Asoka visited the site of Bodhi tree to worship it, and made the first temple for honouring Gautam Buddha.

Gautam Buddha attainted enlightenment or nirvana and spent a span of seven weeks after that across various spots where the Mahabodhi Temple stands today. From battling the inner and external demons during his meditation to fiercely resisting the various temptations that came his way, Buddha covered great milestones in his inner sacred journey at different parts of the Mahabodhi temple. Ahead, we throw some light on the seven weeks he spent post nirvana.

Bodhi Tree at Bodh Gaya

The Bodhi Tree is the most illustrious site situated to the west of the main temple. It is believed to the direct descendant of the Bodhi Tree underneath which the Buddha stayed for the first week after attaining enlightenment.

Prayer Hall

Buddha spent his second week at the prayer hall, also known as Animeshlochan Chaitya. It can be found towards the north of the central path on a raised platform.

Jewelled Ambulatory

This jewelled ambulatory is also called Ratnachakrama. It is famous for being the site where the Buddha spent the third week of his internal journey walking eighteen steps back and forward. It is located near the north wall of the main temple.

Ratnaghar Chaitya

Located towards the north-east near the enclosure, Ratnaghar Chaitya is the place where the Buddha spent his fourth week.

Ajapala Nigrodh Tree

During his fifth week, the Buddha was meditating under Ajapala Nigrodh Tree and answered the questions posed by the Brahmins.

Lotus Pond

The sixth week was spent by Gautam Buddha at the Lotus pond situated outside the enclosure to the south of the temple complex.

Rajyatana Tree

Buddha was here during his seventh week of meditation. A tree has been planted to mark this site. It is located towards the south-east of the temple.

The Main Temple at the Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya is a masterpiece that showcases the best of Buddhism architectural creativity. Whether you are a Buddhist or not, you will find this place interesting to visit. So visit it and be blessed with one of the most sacred religious places in India.

3 Bihar Policemen Suspended For Failing To Check Union Minister’s Car


The vehicle with tinted glasses was being driven by Arijit Choubey, the son of Union Minister of State for Health. Other members of the family were also travelling in the vehicle, it said.


Three policemen, including a sub-inspector, were suspended for allowing Union minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey’s vehicle go without verification of papers during a drive to ensure implementation of the amended motor vehicles act in Patna on Sunday, an official statement said.

The vehicle with tinted glasses was being driven by Arijit Choubey, the son of Union Minister of State for Health. Other members of the family were also travelling in the vehicle, it said.

Patna Commissioner Anand Kishore and Superintendent of Police (Traffic) D Amarkesh were taking monitoring a drive by the city police to ensure implementation of the Motor Vehicles (Amended) Act 2019 near the Bihar museum on Bailey road in the state capital.

Arijit Choubey was asked to stop the car by the police. However, as none of the policemen approached the vehicle, the minister’s son drove away, according to the statement.

The three policemen – Sub-Inspector Devpal Paswan and constables Dilip Chandra Singh and Pappu Kumar – were suspended by the SSP (Traffic) on a direction by the Patna Commissioner, it said.

According to the statement, the Patna commissioner has given a clear instruction that owners of vehicles with tinted glass be fined, it said.

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Bihar: JD(U) block president’s son found dead at friend’s residence


A JD(U) block president’s son was found dead at his friend’s residence in the state capital, police said on Sunday, with his family alleging he was killed by his friends.

A JD(U) block president’s son was found dead at his friend’s residence in the state capital, police said on Sunday, with his family alleging he was killed by his friends.

Ayush Kumar, aka Saurav, 21, was the son of Vinod Mukhiya, who was elected unopposed for a second term as Rahui block president of JD(U) on Saturday in Nalanda district, said Patrakar Nagar police station SHO Manoj Kumar.

Ayush Kumar, a resident of Nijaay village in Nalanda district, had been preparing for competitive examinations in Patna, sources said.

His body was found from his friend’s residence in Chitragupta Nagar area this morning. Two of his friends have been detained for questioning, the SHO said.

Primary facie, it appears to be a case of suicide, he added.

When pointed out that the deceased’s family has alleged Ayush Kumar was shot dead by his friends, the SHO said police are investigating the case and everything will be clear once FSL report comes out. 

A legislator of the ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) in Bihar has alleged that the Nitish Kumar government banned pan masala in the state because an illegal money deal could not be reached.

Amarnath Gami, known for raising his voice, said on Tuesday, said, “Avaidh len den mein baat nahi bani to gutkha par partibandh laga diya gaya (The government proscribed the sale of pan masala in the state after an illegal money deal did not materialise).

Not only the JD-U legislator from the Hayaghat seat in the Darbhanga district raised his voice against the government decision to ban ‘pan masala’ but also questioned the liquor prohibition decision and demanded their immediate rollback.

He also urged the people to protest such decisions.

Terming the prohibition and ban on ‘pan masala’ as wrong, the JD(U) legislator said, “All such decisions appear good only on paper”.

Appealing Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to reconsider the prohibition decision, he said the ban on liquor had failed and the pan masala ban would follow it.

The Bihar government proscribed the production and consumption of liquor in the state on April 5, 2016. Last week, it banned pan masala for one year.

HC issues status quo over eviction of Bihari people


Court also issued rule to 24 respondents including the National Housing Authority and DNCC

The High Court has ordered to maintain the status quo for two months over eviction of stranded Bihari people from 32 plots situated at Mirpur Section 11 in Dhaka.  

The High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Khairul Alam passed the order on Monday after hearing a writ petition filed by the Bihari people on August 25. 

The court also issued a rule to 24 respondents including the National Housing Authority and the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC). 

Advocate Md Shahjahan accompanied by other lawyers stood for the petitioner while Deputy Attorney General Md Sarwar Hossain Bappi represented the state.

On August 7, the National Housing Authority issued a letter to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police seeking their help to conduct an eviction drive at the plots.

Pro Kabaddi 2019 HIGHLIGHTS, Tamil Thalaivas vs Patna Pirates in Kolkata: Patna Crush Tamil 51-25


Pro Kabaddi 2019 HIGHLIGHTS, Tamil Thalaivas vs Patna Pirates: Catch all the live updates from the Pro Kabaddi 2019 match between Tamil Thalaivas and Patna Pirates through News18 Sports’ live blog. Tamil Thalaivas lose 25-51 to Patna Pirates in the second game of matchday 43 at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium in Kolkata on Monday. In the first game of the night, UP Yoddha beat Gujarat Fortunegiants.

Patna Pirates, who had lost their last six straight matches, finally got a taste of victory and in some fashion. Tamil Thalaivas wanted to end their eight-match winless streak but instead, suffered a massive loss. Patna increased their head-to-head record against Tamil to 5-2.

After a 16-point loss against Dabang Delhi KC on Sunday, Tamil Thalaivas will want to improve on their performance and move to Pune with a positive result under their belt. They will draw some positives from Sunday’s match as ‘Showman’ Rahul Chaudhari managed a Super 10 in that contest and V Ajith Kumar also scored nine raid points. Ajith, in particular, has been in stupendous form and Tamil Thalaivas will want him to continue in the same vein as they head into the remainder of their games potentially needing to win them all.

The form of ‘Iceman’ Ajay Thakur will worry the team, though, as he failed to open his account against Dabang Delhi KC, which put the raiders under early pressure. The defence was also a big worry for Tamil Thalaivas in their previous match with just Mohit Chhillar and Sagar managing to score any tackle points for the team. Seniors Manjeet Chhillar and Ran Singh will have to tighten things up in defence, if they want to thwart ‘Record-Breaker’ Pardeep Narwal’s charge.

Patna Pirates go into the match with a six-match losing streak in spite of some stunning performances by their talisman ‘Record-Breaker’ Pardeep. The star raider is currently third among the top raiders in Season 7 and has managed 14 raid points in each of the team’s previous two matches. Against UP Yoddha, he accounted for little less than half the team’s total points scored, which highlights how much the team depends on him. However, Pardeep can’t do it all himself and needs the likes of Mohammad Maghsoudlou, Monu and Vikas Jaglan to step up.

The defence missed the services of their leading tackle points scorer this season – Jaideep – in the starting seven in their previous encounter and consequently managed only eight tackle, while conceding 20 raid points. Though many of their players have all-round abilities, the team will want a senior player like Jawahar or Hadi Oshtorak to lead the defence and back up Pardeep’s efforts in offence.