(Last Updated on : 09/07/2019)
Dungeshwari Cave Temple is one of the significant cave and holy temple in Gaya
. The cave temple is located in the Pragbodhi Hills in Bodhgaya
city of Bihar
. It comprises of three main caves containing Hindu
and Buddhist shrines. In one of the cave temples, there is a beautiful golden statue of Buddha which is about 6 feet tall. The Dungeshwari Cave Temple is also called Mahakala Caves. It is believed that Lord Buddha meditated in the three caves here before proceeding to Bodhgaya, where he finally attained enlightenment
. The caves here also feature Buddhist shrines
which are called Sujata Sthan by the natives.
Legend of Dungeshwari Cave Temple
Dungeshwari Cave Temple is where Gautama Buddha
is said to have spent 6-7 years meditating
in extreme asceticism and starved him to the edge of death
. At that time, a lady named Sujata from a nearby village offered him food and water. Later Gautama realised that one cannot attain enlightenment by self-indulgence or self-abasement. He then carried on with his journey and reached Bodhgaya where he finally attained enlightenment.
Visiting Information of Dungeshwari Cave Temples
The nearest airpor
t is Bodhgaya Airport (19 km) and the nearest railway station
is Gaya Junction (13 km). Tourist can reach to Dungeshwari Cave Temple by hiring private or public transport from airport and railhead.
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