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श्री विष्णुपद मंदिर (Shree Vishnupad Temple) @ Gaya (Bihar)


Vishnupad Temple @ Gaya (Bihar) by drifter baba

श्री विष्णुपद मंदिर (Shree Vishnupad Temple):

Shree Vishnupad temple is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is located in Gaya, Bihar, India. Holy River Falgu is within walking distance from the temple. 

It is believed that Sri Ram and Maa Sita have visited this place. The present shrine was built in 1787 by Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar (The ruler of the Indore).
Many saints such as Adi Shankaracharya, Ramanujacharya, Madhvacharya, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Vallabhacharya, Sri Ramakrishna, and others have visited this temple.

A Demon called Gayasura got boon (Vardan) that whoever sees him will attain salvation (Moksha). Getting Moksha as one of the prime wishes for people, many started getting it easily by seeing him which was not as per dharma as to get Moksha one has to perform heavy penance. 

Through his leg, Lord Vishu Pushed him inside the earth so that no one can see him. It was also told by Lord Visnu to Gayasura that every day someone will come here and provide you food. That Leg mark called (Pada) is still there.

Please visit the place and feed the spirituality.

Temple visiting Timing:  05 AM to 10.30 PM  - Everyday. 

Best time to visit: All time. During the summer it's very hot.

Entry Fees:  There is no entry fee for general darshan but you have to pay charges for different rituals. There are no fixed charges but you have to talk with Purohit and fix the rate.

Temple Address:
Vishnupad Mandir
Vishnupad Rd, Chand Chaura, Gaya, Bihar 823001

Special occasion:
Every day thousands of devotees visit there. During Ram Navmi, Navratri, Hindu festival, weekends you will find more visitors. 

Places to visit in and around Gaya:
  • Mahabodhi Temple
  • Giant Buddha
  • Dungeshwari
  • Royal Bhutan Monastery
  • Muchalinda Lake
  • Metta Buddharam temple
  • Vishnupad temple
  • Rajgir
Parking Places: There is a small parking place near the temple. During festivals, it is difficult to find a parking place. better to use public transport.

How to reach  Bodh Gaya: 

Indian Rail: The nearest railway station is Gaya Jn which is 4 km from the temple. This railway station is on the route between Kolkatta to Delhi and lots of trains are available from different Indian cities. Regular autos and taxis are available at a railway station.
Buses: The nearest bus station is in Gaya which is 6 km from the temple. Regular buses are available from different cities like Patna, Ranchi, Varanashi, Kolkatta, etc. One can also choose a tour package from Patna, Ranchi, Varanashi, and other different cities
Airport: The nearest airport is Gaya International airport which is 10 km from the temple. The airport is well connected with different cities in India. 
Private Taxis: Availability of private taxis, Autos are very good. 

Distance from Major Cities
  • Patna:  109 km     
  • Ranchi: 216 km
  • Varanashi: 247 km
  • Rajgir: 72 km 
  • Kolkatta: 471 km
  • Bodh Gaya: 15 km

There are lots of hotels and lodges available around the temple for different price ranges. One can stay in Bodh Gaya as well.  

Food & Restaurant:
As this is a very famous tourist place in Bihar, lots of Indian and continental restaurants are available around the temple. Both South Indian, North Indian, and continental foods are available. 

Few Photos:

Vishnupad Temple @ Gaya (Bihar) by drifter baba

Vishnupad Temple @ Gaya (Bihar) by drifter baba

Visit Date: 01 May 2018