Maha Bodhi Society Temple Bangalore (India)
Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore, is a charitable Organization established in 1956 by Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita with the main objective of reviving the compassionate teachings of the Buddha in the land of its origin, India and to put into practice the precious teachings of the Buddha through selfless service programs. Maha Bodhi society Bangalore is dedicated for the welfare and happiness of people irrespective of religion, race, color or sex. Since its very inception the Society has been actively engaged in rendering various spiritual and humanitarian services. Today, under the guidance and leadership of Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita, the Society has expanded its activities in different parts of India and abroad with the message of compassion. The society has established monasteries for monks and nuns, Hospitals, Meditation centers, educational institutions and published over a hundred Dhamma books benefiting thousands of people around the globe.
14 Mahabodhi Society Kalidasa Road, Bengaluru 560009, India Suggested duration: 1-2 hrs
Open and Closing Time
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Entry Fee: Entry Fee: No entry fee
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Interesting facts about Maha Bodhi Society
Maha Bodhi Society was founded by the Venerable Anagarika Dhammapala of Sri Lanka in 1891. He hailed from an aristocratic Sinhalese Buddhist family. Once he visited India as a pilgrim to worship the holy places associated with the life of Lord Buddha. When he visited Buddha Gaya there was nothing there except broken images and the temple built by Emperor Ashoka was dilapidated and broken. It was turned into a Devalaya for various gods. The Mahant had occupied it illegally and since the place was covered with jungle nobody cared. He regularly and systematically exploited the foreign Buddhists from Sri Lanka, Burma and Thailand and Himalayan regions where lots of Indian Buddhist followers lived. Since Venerable Dhammapala objected to the desecration of Lord Buddha's images, he was badly ill-treated by the goondas of the Mahant. Buddha has spent only seven weeks in Bodh Gaya. Not only the grand statute of Buddha, you will find several other places of interest here as well like Bodhi tree (peepal tree under which he got enlightened), the lotus pond and several ancient. The Buddhist Emperor Asoka visited Bodh Gaya to establish a shrine and monastery on this holy site which is now nowhere to be seen here. One of the most frequented religious and spiritual centers and a major attraction for the tourists is the Mahabodhi temple. The temple attracts visitors from far and wide owing to its association with Gautam Buddha; it has become immensely popular with Buddhists as well as Hindus. Here are some interesting and quick facts about this temple complex.