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The Vishnupada Temple (Hindi: विष्णुपाद मन्दीर) is the main temple in Gaya, India. It is a Hindu temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple is located along the Falgu River, marked by a footprint of Vishnu (according to Hinduism), or Buddha (according to Buddhism), incised into a block of basalt. In Hinduism, this footprint marks the act of Lord Vishnu subduing Gayasur by placing his foot on Gayasur's chest. The present day temple was rebuilt by Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar, the ruler of Indore, in the 18th century. There is a gold flag and couple of Kalash made of gold has been embedded at the top of the temple which use to always glitter. It is said that long ago two thieves tried to steal the golden flag and the kalash from the top of the temple, but one thief became stone at the top of the temple and the other became stone as he fell to the ground. The stone of the thieves still remains on public view (it is not a man shape but a flat shape of the thieves).      Read more at wikipedia...
 
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In the courtyard of the Vishnupada Temple there are numerous small shrines and images. The Nrisimha Temple, a small temple dedicated to Nrisimha, the man-lion incarnation of Lord Vishnu has a beautifully carved doorframe. An another temple of Vishnu adjoining the Nrisimha Temple on the north side has stone pillars and brick built walls. On the eastern side of the courtyard also there is a small temple dedicated to Siva or Mahadeva in the form of Phalgwisvara or Lord of the Phalgu (river). A number of inscriptions have had been earlier found in and around the premises of the Vishnupada Temple which are of great epigraphical significance.
 
Facts At A Glance
Built In This Shikhara style temple was constructed in 1787, by Queen Ahilya Bai of Indore
Description
This massive temple located in the central part of the old town is believed to have been built over the footprints of Lord Vishnu. Inside the temple, the 40 cm long `footprint' of Vishnu is imprinted in solid rock and surrounded by a silver plated basin. This Shikhara style temple was constructed in 1787, by Queen Ahilya Bai of Indore, on the banks of the river Falgu. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the temple.
A flight of 1000 stone steps leads to the top of the Brahmajuni Hill, 1 km south-west of the Vishnupad Temple that affords a splendid view of the temple.
 
Location
The temple is situated on the banks of the Phalgu River, Gaya.
 
How To Get There
Air The closest airport is located in Patna, four hours north.

Train Many of the trains going between Delhi and Kolkata (Calcutta) go through Gaya. There are direct trains to Varanasi (4?6 hr), Puri, and Patna (2? hr). As the trains are extremely crowded between Varanasi and Gaya, it is best to book a ticket in advance.

Agra Bikaner Exp #2307 (6.39 am, 13 hr); Kolkata (Calcutta) Rajdhani Exp #2302 (4.41 am, Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat, 6? hr), Poorva Exp #2382 (8.48, 8 hr) Kalka Mail #2312 (11.20 pm, 8 hr); Delhi Rajdhani Exp #2301 (10.05 pm, 12 hr), Poorva Exp #2381 (4 pm, 16 hr; Mon, Th, Sun), Kalka Mail #2331 (2.50 am, 17 hr) ; Delhi Patna Hatia-Patna Exp #8626 (2 pm, 2 hr); Puri New Delhi-Puri Exp #2816 (9.10 pm, 19 hr; Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat) and the Purushottam Exp #2802 (1.15 pm, 18? hr; Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sun). Varanasi Doon Exp (6 am, 5 hr); Mughal Sarai (for Varanasi) Howrah-Jodhpur Exp #2307 (6.30 am, 3? hr), Purshottam Exp #2801 (1.50 pm, 3 hr, five days a week).

The Poorva Exp leaves Kolkata (Calcutta) (Howrah Station) at 9.15 am (Wed, Thurs, Sun) and arrives in Gaya at 3.50 pm. The night Doon Exp leaves Kolkata (Calcutta) at 8 pm, reaches Gaya at 6 am, and then continues on to Haridwar.

Bus Buses to Patna (100km, 4 hr) and Ranchi (7 hr) depart from the Gandhi Maidan Bus Stand. Buses to Rajgir (3 hr) depart from the Gaurakshini Bus Stand, across the river. Buses to Rajgir and Nalanda (2 hr, every hour) depart from the Manpur bus stand on the other side of the Phalgu River.
 
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Inside the temple, the 40 cm long `footprint' of Vishnu is imprinted in solid rock and surrounded by a silver plated basin.
 
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