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Mahabodhi Temple

In Bodh Gaya, there is a UNESCO World Heritage Site Called Mahabodhi Temple. It is a Buddhist Temple, marking the location where the Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment. Temple is located in Bodh Gaya of Patna in Bihar state. Images of Vishnu, Shiva, Surya and other Vedic deities are also associated with the site. The site contains a descendant of the Bodhi Tree under which Buddha gained enlightenment.

About 200 years before when Buddha got enlightenment, Buddhist emperor Ashoka visited Bodh Gaya in order to establish a monastery and shrine on the holy site.

To spot the exact mark of Buddha enlightenment a Diamond Throne is included in the Mahabodhi Temple called "Vajrasana" .

While Asoka is considered the Mahabodhi temple's founder, the current structure dates from the 5th–6th century. The previous pyramidal temple probably replaced an open pavilion that had been constructed around the tree and the Asokan platform. Representations of this early temple arc found at Sanchi, on the toraṇas of Stūpa I, dating from around 25 BCE, and on a relief carving from the stupa railing at Bhārhut (Fig.20), from the early Shunga period (c. 185-c. 73 BCE).

Other Attractions

  • Meditation Park
  • Ratanaghara
  • Ajapala Nigrodha Tree
  • Rajayatna Tree
  • Muchalinda Sarovar
  • The Sacred Bodhi Tree
  • Vajrasana
  • Cankamana
  • Animesha Lochana Chaitya

Climate

  • The temperature ranges from 27 °C to 47 °C in summer.
  • The temperature ranges from 22 °C to 04 °C in winter.

How to Reach

By Air - Gaya Airport is the nearest airport.

By Rail - The nearest railway station to Bodhgaya is Gaya Railway Station.

By Road - GT Road connects Bodhgaya from major cities of north India.