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LocationBihar
Altitude300 m

Description

Gurpa Peak, also known as Kukkutapadagiri, is situated near a small village called Gurpa in Gaya district of Bihar. There are many Hindu shrines and Buddhist relics at this place. From the top of the peak one can get a breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside and it is an ideal place for meditation. 

 

The place developed into a major pilgrimage centre due to its association with Maha Kassapa, the successor of Lord Buddha. 

The legend says that when Maha Kassapa was approaching the end of his life, he climbed to the summit of the peak. However, the towering rocks obstructed the way. He therefore struck the rocks with his staff and rocks parted to make way for him. He then entered the cleft thus created and meditated there and the rocks closed around him. It is believed that Maha kassappa is still awaiting the arrival of the Maithreya or the future Buddha who will deliver the message of Lord Buddha to mankind. 

 

 

Source: 

http://nalanda-onthemove.blogspot.in/2012_04_01_archive.html

http://gurpaon.blogspot.in/ 

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