Rajgir Hot Spring / Brahmakund
Historical | Pilgrimage
At a distance of 3 km from Rajgir Railway Station, Rajgir Hot Springs are the sacred natural water springs in Rajgir, Bihar. Situated near Pandu Pokhar, it is one of the popular hot water springs in Bihar and among the prominent places of pilgrimage in Rajgir.
Situated at the foot of the Vaibhava Hill, Hot Water Springs are one of the most popular attractions of Rajgir. There are around seven Hot Springs in Rajgir which are considered to be sacred places for Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The water comes from the seven streams known as Saptadhara that are believed to originate from the Saptaparni Caves at the top of the hill. The Brahmakund Spring is regarded as the most sacred one as well as the hottest one with a temperature of around 45 degrees Celsius.
The Hot Springs are also known for their medicinal values which help to cure many skin ailments. The water from the spring is collected in an enclosure, which is accessible by a staircase. There are also faucets with running water where one can bathe. Separate bathing places are allocated for men and women. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the spring.
A flight of stairs above the Brahma Kund leads to Pippala cave, a massive stone structure with grottos on all sides. It has been identified as the Pippala stone house, which was frequented by Buddha and later his disciples. It is named after the Pipal tree at the cave's entrance that is said to have been occasionally visited by the Buddha for meditation after his midday meal. The structure is popularly known as 'Jarasandh ki Baithak' after King Jarasandh who figures in the text of the Mahabharata. One can also visit Lakshmi Narayan Temple located beside the hot spring.
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM