Mahabodhi Temple – A holy place where Lord Buddha gained Enlightenment

The Mahabodhi Temple is located at 115 km far from Patna. this temple is dedicated to Lord Buddha and one of the 4 holy site which is directly related to the life of Buddha. Mahabodhi Temple is a sacred place of Buddhist and one of the 35 places of India which are listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

Location:  Bihar, India
Built in: 3rd century
Main Attraction: Listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site
Importance: Site of illumination

Mahabodhi Temple: History

Mahabodhi temple is the place which has witnessed the rise, fall, and rebirth of Buddhism. King Asoka who is the follower of Buddhism established a Monastery and shrine here after 200 years the Buddha gained enlightenment. In the 2nd century, the holy shrine was replaced with the Temple.

Asoka made a 53 meters tall spire which has the image of Lord Buddha, the mesmerizing experience of watching Buddha in a  ‘Bhumisparsh Mudra’ is a must watch the view of this place. Located in Floating banks of Niranjana river, this holy place is the highly revered site for Buddhist community.

Mahabodhi Temple Architecture-

Mahabodhi Temple is considered one of the oldest Buddhist temple. It is spread over 45 meter square on the ground and stretched up in a pyramid type structure and ends in a square area.  The stone work done in exteriors of the temple shows the journey of Lord Buddha.

Bodhi Tree –

A fig tree which has a religious connection with Buddhist community. It is famous because under this tree Siddhartha gets enlightenment and become “Buddha”. It is believed that the tree grows on the day.  Every year in  8th of December, Buddhist celebrate the Bodhi day by chanting “Budu saranai”. Next, to the tree there is a way which is attached to the Mahabodhi temple is made up of sandstone which is known as the Diamond throne, it was made to mark the spot the place where Buddha meditated.

Although visitors can spot the images of Lord Vishnu, Surya and other Hindu deity but primarily this temple is associate Buddhism religion.

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