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THE MOST
SACRED SPOT
ON EARTH; OR,
BUDDH GAYA AND
BUDDHISM

SECTION I

BUDDH GAYA AND ITS ASSOCIATIONS

If it were possible to ascertain, by any means, what particular spot on earth is the most sacred in the opinion of mankind, there is reason to think that the majority of votes would be given in favour of Buddh Gaya, which is held in high veneration by both Buddhists and Hindus. Such a spot is certainly worth a visit.

Leaving the busy town of Bankipore one afternoon in April, I travelled some fifty-seven miles to Gaya, by the branch railway, over a level uninteresting looking country, unredeemed in its drear monotony except by picturesque groups of slender palm

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From: MYSTICS, ASCETICS AND SAINTS OF INDIA : A study of Sadhuism, with an account of the Yogis, Sanyasis, Bairagis and other Hindu Sectarians. Written by JOHN CAMPBELL OMAN and published by T. FISHER UNWIN, LONDON, 1905.

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