History of Gridhakuta Hill
Gridhakuta Hill is the place where Lord Buddha carried out many dialogues with his disciples during the rainy seasons after he achieved Enlightenment. It is the place where Lord Buddha started his second helm of commandment and preached many inspiring teachings and sermons to his disciples. He introduced King Bimbisara to Buddhism in this place. It was at Gridhakuta hill that Lord Buddha gave his two significant sutras the Lotus Sutra and the Prajnaparamita.
Gautama Buddha spent three months during the rainy season in retreat at the Gridhakuta hill, meditating and sermonising some of his most important discourses. The Buddha Sangha of Japan has raised a huge Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda), at the summit of the Gridhakuta hill in honour of Lord Buddha. This stupa is the central point of Rajgir, enclosing beautiful statues of Buddha outside and within.
Best Time to Visit Gridhakuta Hill
Gridhakuta Hill can be travelled throughout the year. However, the best time to visit the place is from October to March when the weather is pleasant and at its best. It is believed that one of the cousins of Lord Buddha had attempted to do suicide at this place.
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