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Mahabodhi Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist Temples to have been constructed using bricks. Interestingly, it still stands tall. Celebrated by believers from across the globe, this is the place Lord Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment under the ‘Peepal’ tree. Also known as the Bodhi Tree, it exists within the temple premises.

During the 3rd century BC, when Emperor Asoka visited here and learned about the significance of the place, he constructed a small temple near the Bodhi tree.

Brickwork has been used on the outer walls of the temple to present scenes from Buddha’s life. There is also a large image of a seated Lord Buddha, bent and touching the ground with his right hand.

It is believed that Buddha attained enlightenment in this position. While the statue is made up of black stone, it has been covered in gold. The idol is further adorned in orange robes.

The temple courtyard has a number of smaller stupas and Buddha statues that go back 100 years. Close to the temple also lies a Jewel Walk. This is where Lord Buddha practiced walking meditation for seven days following his enlightenment.Mahabodhi Temple is regarded to have been constructed by Emperor Ashoka, who visited the place after 250 years of enlightenment. It boasts of a 52 m tall spire that houses the colossal gilded image of Lord Buddha.

In the sanctum sanctorum, the huge image of Buddha looks mesmerizing in which he is sitting in a 'Bhumisparsh Mudra' (touching the ground). It is said that the image is 1700 years old and positioned in a manner that Lord Buddha faces the east.


Bodhgaya, Bihar 824231




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