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). Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Mahabodhi Temple by using our Bodh Gaya itinerary planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Maha Bodhi Vihara/temple is located in the Gaya district of Bihar, India. Bihar is one of the most undeveloped states and backward area of India, so be prepared for some cultural shock. Further, do no...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Mahabodhi temple is located in Bodhgaya, one of the most important holy shrine for all Buddhism believers. As per Buddhism, one should visit Bodhgaya during his lifetime. You will also witness the hol...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    It was in the region of this temple Buddha meditated for months and reached enlightenment. Therefore, the temple attracts many local visitors. Despite tourism, is a place of great peace. You cannot enter, then take socks or foot-protectors in the Sun, the ground is too warm, but also some hoses throw water on the floor at specific points of the temple to cool off. It's amazing to be able to be present at a place as Rico in history and culture, see the tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment, read the explanations and view the locations where he meditated, the monks meditating. Is also very nice to see the excitement of the local people to experience the same situation, lay on the rocks where the Buddha walked. A contagious experience to the spirit. Visit essential for those who have the opportunity to pass through the city.
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  • May 6, 2017
    A wonderful temple compound where one is in a sea of Buddhist energy. All manner of Buddhist adherents doing their thing...chanting meditating practicing prostrations...simply being. A truly delightful peaceful and spiritually satisfying place. The actual Mahabodhi Temple is very busy and one needs to move on fairly quickly but there are many other places where one can sit quietly.
  • July 15, 2017
    Amazing place. Divinely feeling, serenity. This is the place where Lord Buddha attainted enlightenment. Lots of devotees come and visit the place from India as well as from the rest of the world. Take out some time out of your busy and stressful life and do visit the place for quite sometime and learn the art of meditation.
  • July 6, 2017
    The Mahabodhi Temple is one of the major pilgrim site for the Buddhists as it the place where Lord Buddha received enlightenment. The temple is located at a distance of 96 kilometers from Patna and is also the sight of the Bodhi Tree, the exact spot where Siddhartha Gautama meditated in around 589 BC.
  • June 9, 2017
    Must visit once in a lifetime. Very serene place. Advice to travellers please visit after 5 pm as it is very hot during the day in bodhgaya. Temple is open till 9pm.
  • July 11, 2017
    wonderful Buddhist temple. devotional place. we can feel the emotion.

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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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