A detailed tour of BuddhaGaya, Rajgriha, Nalanda, Sarnath, Shravasti, Sankashya, Kusinagar and Lumbini, by Jeremy Russell.
- Sacred Island - A Pilgrim's Guide to Sri Lanka;
- A Pilgrim's Guide to India;
- The Significance of Pilgrimage;
- The Four Holy Sites (Lumbini, Bodh Gaya, Sarnath, Kusinara).
This rocky citadel is an important place of pilgrimage for the Buddhist. The Sinhala civilisation dawned at Mihintalava known as Mihintalava today. As reported in Chronicles it was 2311 years ago or say two hundred and thirty six years after the passing away or parinirvana of the Buddha on a bright full-moon day of the month of Poson, that Arahant Mahinda with his companions arrived to Sri Lanka.
The Mahabodhi Mahavihara (more popularly known as the Buddha Gaya Temple or Great Stupa) is one of the shrine out of 84000 shrines erected by King Ashoka the Great in the 3rd century B.C.
Buddhagaya or Bodhgaya, being the seat of Enlightenment of the Buddha, is the holiest of the holiest for the Buddhists of the world.