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Mahabodhi Temple

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OVERVIEW

The Mahabodhi Temple Complex is one of the four holy sites related to the life of the Lord Buddha, and particularly to the attainment of Enlightenment. The first temple was built by Emperor Asoka in the 3rd century B.C., and the present temple dates from the 5th or 6th centuries. It is one of the earliest Buddhist temples built entirely in brick, still standing in India, from the late Gupta period.

Entry Fee

No entry fee

Timing

All days of the week
5:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Bodhgaya is from October to March

how to reach Mahabodhi temple

Patna airport is connected to all major cities. The nearest station is Gaya (16 km). The Grand Trunk Road connects Gaya to cities like Allahabad, Kolkata, Kanpur, Jamshedpur, Patna (97 km), and Varanasi.

About Mahabodhi temple

The famed site where Gautam Buddha is believed to attained enlightenment, Mahabodhi Temple is the central site that attracts tourists and pilgrims to the city of Bodh Gaya. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this temple complex houses structures built in the Dravidian style, as opposed to the usual Nagara style of temples. The principal points of interest here are the Bodhi Tree; the Vajrasana (‘Seat of Stability’), also called the Diamond Throne; a red sandstone platform which marks the spot where the Buddha meditated; the Mahabodhi Temple, a towering structure to the east of the Bodhi Tree that houses a large, gilded black stone image of the Buddha in the bhumisparsha mudra (‘earth-touching posture’); the carved, sculpted stone railing around the temple, believed to have been built around the 1st century BCE; and stupas and structures that commemorate events during the seven weeks that the Buddha spent here in a state of bliss after his enlightenment. At any time, a handful of monks and devotees can be seen performing countless prostrations to the tree. It’s a highly rigorous purificatory ritual: some monks are known to do up to 1,00,000 prostrations at one time.

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