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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  • We traveled to Bodhgaya in the month of January when it was quite cold . This was the time Dalai Lama was there for a Buddhist meeting/ conference so we saw less of local crowd and more of Buddhist pr...  more »
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  • You can feel the real peace here. A place where I believe everyone should visit once. From the Railway station it will hardly cost you INR 25 to reach there. You can find a lot of local people and people from other part of the world with their stalls selling the local handicraft at very reasonable cost.
  • It is the World Heritage site, known also as "Great Awakening Temple". During normal days there is not much rush, but during "Buddha Poornima" you will find much rush. It has the Bodhi Tree under which Buddha acquired enlightenment. Around the temple there is large area in which Buddhist people or monks do prayers. You can stay there for as much as you want and sit peacefully.
  • Peaceful calm, superb place, a visit once in a life time is must, tranquility at its best. Local a bit non cooperative, outsiders and monk too friendly High security by bihar police. Plenty of travel and stay options near by..
  • Such a huge temple with well maintained area for Chanting. You will find loads of monks chanting near the temple as well as bodhi tree. There is a huge water pools surrounded by Criss cross prayer flags. You would find yourself in peace once you enter this place. They have a hall for meditation apart from lawns. Also has a couple of temples inside. They do have free cloak room, shoe room and place to keep your mobile phone ( Yes mobiles are not allowed inside)
  • 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.

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