Vishnupada Temple, Gayaji
Vishnupada Temple, Gayaji About the temple: Vishnupada Mandir is an ancient 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 Lord Vishnu known as Dharmasila, incised into a block of basalt. The Bhumihar Brahmins have been the traditional priests at Vishnupad Mandir in Gaya as Gayawal Pandas, nowadays other Brahmin took the management. Several legendary saints like Ramanujacharya, Madhvacharya, Sankaradeva and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu have visited this shrine. The construction date of the temple is unknown and it is believed that Rama along with Sita had visited this place. It is believed that the temple was built with the footprints of Lord Vishnu in the center. In Hinduism, this footprint marks the act of Lord Vishnu subduing Gayasur by placing his foot on his chest. Inside the Vishnupad Mandir, the 40 cm long footprint of Lord Vishnu is imprinted in solid rock and surrounded by a silver-plated basin. In the temple complex, there is a banyan tree which is called Akshayvata, under this tree the rites of the funeral are performed.