Bodhgaya is one of the most important and sacred Buddhist pilgrimage center in the world. It was here under a banyan tree, the Bodhi Tree, Gautama attained supreme knowledge to become Buddha,the Enlightened One. Born; in the foothills of the Himalayas as a Sakya prince of Kapilvastu (now in Nepal), most of the major events of his life, like enlightenment and last sermon, happened in Bihar. Buddhism as a religion was really born in Bihar and evolved here through his preaching and the example of his lifestyle of great simplicity, renunciation and empathy for everything living. Significantly, the state's name of 'Bihar" originated from 'Vihara" meaning monasteries which abounded in Bihar.
Ardmore in County Waterford Irelandis one of the oldest Monastic Christian settlement's in Ireland. St.Declan lived in the period 350-450 AD and christianised this area before the coming of St. Patrick. St.Declan's feast day is 'Pattern Day" every 24th July.
Round Tower & Cathedral in Ardmore, Co Waterford, Ireland:
The beautifully proportioned Round Tower, built in the 12th Century, raises its tapering form to a height of 30 metres (97 feet), and is divided on the outside into four stories marked off by projecting string courses.
Each year, millions of pilgrims and visitors make the long trek up this magnificent mountain site near the town of Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland. Thespiritual destination of Mt. Croagh Patrick (also known as Croach Patrick) is a welcoming site to the masses of visitors who make the trek to pray at
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