Principal street of Gaya.
Medium: Photographic print
View of a busy street in Gaya, Bihar from the Elgin Collection: 'Spring Tours 1894-98', taken in 1895. Where as Bodh Gaya, a few kilometres away from old Gaya, is one of the world's most important Buddhist pilgrimage centres, Gaya is a significant pilgrimage centre for Hindus. Hindus come here to honour their parents a year after death by offering pind, a gift of funeral cakes. According to legend, a demon called Gaya, appalled by the sorrow caused by death, died for the world as a protest. Vishnu was so impressed with this sacrifice that he bestowed upon Gaya the power to absolve sinners. The well known Vishnupad temple, which is supposed to be built on Vishnu's footprint, is in the centre of the town.