Day 19 October 21st 2014
Spent morning at the Mayahdavi temple where Buddha was enlightened, impossible to meditate with grasshoppers jumping on you and people chanting. When not chanting and not meditating, people seemed to want to speak English with me.
Metteyya took us for a tour of the grounds and stopped at a wall that was covered in sculptures depicting Buddha’s story. It was cool looking at the pictures especially the ones depicting the places we visited in Lumbini and here in India. On the temple grounds there is a mini lake where Buddha meditated as well. There were massive catfish in the water! Like the size of you forearm. Walking around, we saw people stringing marigolds together getting them ready to hand between doorways and trees around the temple. A bird pooped on me at one point which I was told is a sign of good luck… my shoes were not stolen today so I guess the bird poop worked.
The afternoon was spent at the caves where Buddha meditated. It was a nice hike up, Gina got ride on motor cycle which looked like so much fun. There monkeys everywhere at the site. Children that live near the site taught monkeys to grab tourists’ things. To “help” tourists keep the monkeys away, they offered cookies as purchase to feed them with. I say “help” in quotations because if they hadn’t trained the monkeys to steel your things in the first place we wouldn’t need to buy the stupid cookies. A monkey tried to steel something from Bodhi; he was on his feet at one point and was 5 feet tall when standing!
During the car ride back to Bodhgaya we saw a cyclist carrying a fridge and dishwasher… yes literally a full sized refrigerator and dishwasher! I’m sure the company must have a disclaimer in their delivery policy stating items may take weeks to deliver. We also saw lots of people peeing on side of road; Gina and I made a game to see how many people peeing we could count! Oh we also saw and Indian car wash (truck parked next to river) and loads of wild pigs and horses.
Evening spent having coffee and tea, shopping and meditating again at the temple.