Buddha is also believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and it is at this lake that the SheshNaga, or the Snake King Muchalinda, protected the Lord from a severe thunder storm. The Buddha was meditating near the lake during the sixth week when a strong storm broke out and the waves started lashing the Buddha. Sensing the discomfort of the Lord the Snake King decided to protect him from the storm. A statue of meditating Buddha sitting on a snake coil and protected by the hood is placed at the centre of the lake.
BEST TIME TO VISIT BODHGAYA
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Bodhgaya is as given below. The best time to visit Bodhgaya is also specified.