Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya

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Visit the World Heritage Site of Mahabodhi Temple, the root of an entire religion. Tradition has it that Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, sat under a peepul tree here and attained enlightenment, sowing the seeds for Buddhist thought and practice for millennia to come. The first monastery and shrine were established here around 250 BCE, 200 years after the Buddha came to the site. Through the ages, the temple has undergone destruction, reconstruction, disrepair, and renovation. As you walk around, note the fine example of Indian brickwork, the design and structure of which date back to the Gupta period (300-600 CE). To visit Mahabodhi Temple on your trip to Bodh Gaya, use our Bodh Gaya trip maker site .
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  • Very peaceful and Devine temple to visit.chanting inside the temple make your mood and whole environment is intellectual  more »
  • Very peaceful, VERY meditative. Sit, meditate under tree, visit the (clearly labelled and described) sites on the grounds where the Buddha spent weeks after his enlightenment. Very extensive grounds.  more »
  • At the Bodhgaya, the primary tourist attraction for non Buddhist and the most sacrated Buddhism site is Mahabohdi Temple. The Mahabodhi Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an ancient, but much re...  more »
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  • The architecture of the temple is unique. Full of people doing chanting, prayer and meditation. Short of serenity and calmness as a religious site, but still provide a spectacular scene for a surprise, especially if knowledge of events that happened around the time of the Buddha's enlightenment is learnt.
  • The best time to visit Bodh Gaya is in Dec - Jan in which weather is soothing. Roaming around in pleasant sunshine is an experience to cherish. We really felt calm at the place. There are many monasteries of different styles and we got to know various things about Buddhism. A must visit!
  • I loved this place very much when i visited in 2003 with my family ..i had injured myself while moving fast in marble floor in temple area...The temple arena is really beautiful. White marble architecture is also really amazing.it seems to be both spirituality and architecture have been united here from time unknown.
  • Famous temple in the whole world. The real historical palace you can see here mahabodhi temple and the old tree. Really it's a place of god when you will come here you will feel a real peace.
  • The place is awesome. Today I have visited early in the morning with family. You may go with your shoes in the temple but take a bag with you. Whenever requires put the shoes inside the bag and move around. Also you can take camera. But it needs to be registered with ticket of INR 100/- for still picture and INR 500/- for video. Mobile is not allowed inside. A free service of locker for Mobiles outside temple. You can also keep your shoes there as free service.

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Visitors to Bodh Gaya have a wealth of accommodation options to choose from, because of its dual status as a tourist attraction and a place of pilgrimage. Close to the main temple and park, a number of guesthouses provide comfortable rooms for good rates, as do different monasteries offering lodgings for a donation. Some more upmarket options, including hotels with fancy restaurants and themed rooms, tend to lie to the west, where the town opens up a little.
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