In the footsteps of Buddha: Dungeshwari / DukKhaRa-SaRiYa mountain and cave


Narinjara nadi, punne nein hae

descent from the DukKhaRaSaRiYa cave

at the Tibet monastery

the Tibet monastery in the background is near the DukKhaRaSaRiYa cave

When the future Buddha reached the U-Ru-Wai-La forest, and the mountain, he found a cave on the middle of the mountain at about 1000 ft height and decided to meditate there and practiced the DukKhaRa SaRiYa method for 6 years, but failed to attain Enlightement.

Dungeshwari Mountain

Location: Near to Bakraur (Sujata Place) on the other bank of falgu (Narinjara) river, 32 km from Gaya, on the Gaya – Jamuawa – Surhari More- road route.

This mountain was known as ancient ‘Pragbodhi mountain’.
On the top of the mountain there are 7 ruins of Ashoka stupa. In the middle of the mountain, there is a Buddhist Temple & Hindu Temple, attract large no. of tourist on this holy place.

We did not reach the top of the mountain, but only to the cave which lies about half way up, 1000 ft.

On the morning of 12-Dec, the day after we arrived at Gaya we were taken to the Dungeshwari / DukKhaRaSaRiYa Mountain. We were taken along on small vehicles that day because the roads could not be manoevered by the bus which transported us from Gaya international airport and back for the remaining 14 days. There were several vehicles and we got in a TATA vehicle that is similar to the Prado; U Nay Win and wife Daw Thi Thi Nyunt got in the rear, together with Pyone, and their son and another in the rear. I got in the front seat and had good photographing opportunities while on the way.

On the way there, I saw a river with no water, only sand. I asked the driver whether it was the Narinjara river and he replied: Narinjara nadi. There is no water at all in the large wide river in which the soon to be Buddha placed the gold cup which was offered by the rich lady ThuZiTar.

Once at the Dungeshwari / DukKhaRaSaRiYa Mountain, there were porters who carry up people who cannot walk up by themselves. Several healthy looking middle aged people hired them although U Htun Win, who has early heart failure and is breathless on climbing just a few steps, climbed all the 1000 ft or so ascent to the cave.

There are no Buddhists living around the area, except the Tibet monks at the Tibet monastery near the Dungeshwari / DukKhaRaSaRiYa cave. All were offered tea on arrival at the Tibet monastery which is just about 12 ft below the level of the cave.

After the ceremonies, we got down and while waiting for all to arrive, I had half a plate of PeKyaw with vegetable curry (a standard plate contains 2 pieces for 10 Rs) at the local vendor. I was the only one eating; some others only had milk. Although the PeKyaw looks like the MatPeKyaw, it is of coarser texture and tastes different. However, the vegetable curry was good.

I asked the driver the price of fuel and got the following reply: diesel 100 R / 2 L (about 4000 Kt / gal) and petrol 120 R / 2L (2400 Kt / gal).


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One Response to “In the footsteps of Buddha: Dungeshwari / DukKhaRa-SaRiYa mountain and cave”

  1. Tushar Says:

    Nicely written post. Just few weeks back I visit Dungeshwari mountain and visited Mahakala caves. Though I haven’t visited top of the mountain but knowledge was enhanced by your blog about 7 ruins of Ashoka stupa. Maybe one day again I will visit.
    Thanks for writing and photos.

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