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Rajgir
Rajgir MapNow a small town, Rajgir was one time the capital of the kingdom of the mighty Magadh empire & was known by various names such as Vasumati, Barhdrathpura, Girivraja, Kusagrapura, & Rajgriha. The great Hindu epic Ramayana says that the mythical king Vasu, a son of Lord Brahma, founded this town & named it Vasumati.

Rajgir, though little area wise, is an important pilgrimage middle for of the great religions of India, Hinduism, Buddhism, & Jainism. There's pilgrimage sites of each of these religions in the town.

On the Vaibhava hill are the Saptkarni caves where the first Buddhist Council was held. The Saptkarni cave is also the source of the Rajgir hot Sulphur springs that have healing properties & are terrified to the Hindu's.

From the foot of the Vaibhava Hill, a staircase leads up to the various temples. Separate bathing places have been organized for men & ladies & the water comes out from spouts through the Saptadhara or seven streams believed to find their source behind the Saptkarni Caves up in the hills.
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