|Vaishali’s Ashok Stambh|
From Hajipur you have to go Vaishali via Lalganj and other small villages. The drive till Vaishali is so pleasant. Small villages, lush green fields, picture perfect faces will accompany you throughout your journey. Infrastructure has started developing but it will take time to change the way of living of people and that makes this place different.
People are still addicted to their simple life style, but everybody seems to be optimistic. One statement that I heard in Patna from a native, that soon a walking space is going to maintained around majestic Ganga river, which will be same as marine drive in Mumbai. Quite overstated but the guy seems to be a firm believer of his optimism. That impressed me a lot, after years of deprivation how the aspiration of common man starts to advances.
Back to journey, visiting Vaishali is very rewarding by all means. I went their along with my cousin brothers and we had a great time there. First we visited Archaeological Museum of Vaishali.
|Proof of our rich heritage|
Photography was prohibited inside so you have to see your own. There were numerous coins, sculptures, daily need objects and arms. First hand experience of our rich heritage.
Then we clicked some pictures in and around.
|Vishwa Shanti Stoop|
Our next destination was a long standing statue made by emperor Ashoka the great.
Because of its height local people got an interesting name for it, “Bhim ki Lathi”. This place has got feel of history, it’s so different and charming.
|The exploration work are still on|
|More facts may be revealed in future|
While we were exploring a group of Buddhist from Srilanka came there. They started their rituals and pray by revolving round the structure and lighting candles.
The Caretaker of this place informed us that exploration is still under progress and may be in coming months some new facts will revealed.
Vaishali has got credit of being the birth place of 24th Jain Guru Bhagwan Mahavir. This is also closely related to Buddha. He spent many of his years here. One of the eight famous magic that happened in Buddha’s life was happened here. As the legend goes a group of monkeys presented honey to Buddha and also made a pond for him. It is also believed that beneath the stoop there are body parts of Buddha. He also declares his “Nirvana” here.