Mahabodhi Temple - Amongst the four holy sites in Buddhism, the temple complex is where the Buddha attained enlightenment.

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Location - Bodh Gaya, Bihar

Best Time To Visit - October to March

The Mahabodhi temple is located in Bodh Gaya, Bihar. It is a Buddhist temple, where every year tourists from worldwide visit to pay a tribute to Lord Buddha and get soaked up in the serenity of Buddhism. It was in this pious land of Bodh Gaya, that Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment. The temple is one of the four holy sites related to the life of Lord Buddha and his attainment of enlightenment. The temple is said to have been built by Emperor Ashoka in the third century. The Mahabodhi temple is one of the few surviving examples of early brick structures in India.

Mahabodhi TempleMahabodhi Temple Complex
There is a huge statue of Lord Buudha inside the temple complex. In the centre of the temple complex lies a Shiva Linga. The temple is of great religious significance for the Hindus as Lord Buddha is said to be the ninth incarnation of God Vishnu. The inside walls of the temple is very beautifully decorated, showing paintings depicting the life of Buddha.

Along the temple lies a pond, where Buddha performed his ablutions. The temple has a 52 metre dome which looks massive and beautiful. The dome was however renovated in the 19th century CE. The Mahabodhi temple is one of the earliest temple constructions existing in the Indian sub-continent.

The Bodhi Tree - The Bodhi tree of Bodh Gaya is said to be the descendant of the original Bodhi tree where Buddha attained enlightenment. The tree is 80 feet in height and is about 115 years old. The tree is located just behind the temple.

The Jewel Walk - The Jewel Walk is a raised platform where Buddha walked during his meditation times. The platform was built in the 1st century B.C and is of 3 feet in height and 60 feet in length.

Markets - Outside the temple complex one can find colourful shops selling decorative items, handicrafts and lot of other take aways of great delight.

Though the Mahabodhi Temple was renovated extensively but it looks very much original till date, giving ultimate solace to jaded hearts of the millions.

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The Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Bodh Gaya was designated the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2002. It is one of the favourite hunts of people of Buddhist sect as well as a number of outbound travellers. Dalai Lama often spends the month of December here.

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