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BODH GAYA

Places of Sightseeing 

Mahabodhi Temple : One of the highlights of the religious township of Bodh Gaya, the shrine is constructed around the original Bodhi Tree in the 7th century AD. The ancient temple was destroyed during the Muslim invasion in 11th century. The current structure restored I 1880 has been renovated several times in yesteryears. At present, the shrine is maintained by Archaeological Survey of India.

This shrine was built by the Burmese King identical to the stupa constructed by Emperor Ashoka. Here the statue of Lord Buddha is in a cross-legged seating position, that attracts tourists and devotees from all over the world.

The structure has an elevation of 50 m, which features beautiful ancient carvings in the west and south. Highlighting characteristic of the temple are the railings, some of which are reproductions The temple houses an ancient Shivalingam, which is believed to have been installed in 860 AD. The Mahabodhi Temple is religiously important for Hindus as Lord Buddha is considered the ninth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Bodhi Tree : one of the chief revered locations, is believed to be the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. The tree is believed to be the sapling of original Bodhi tree, which was taken away by King Ashoka’s daughter to Sri Lanka.

 

 

 

Kesaria : This Stupa is in fact one of the many memorable stupa remarkable event in the life of Lord Buddha. Kesaria has a lofty brick mound capped by a solid brick tower of considerable size, which itself is the remain of a Buddhist Stupa. The mound is a ruin with a diameter of 68 feet at its base ad a total height of 5Ft. Originally it was crowned by a pinnacle which must have stood 80 or 90 ft. above the ground.

General Cunningham dated this monument to AD 200 to 700, and held that it was built upon the ruins of a much older and larger Stupa.

Great Buddha Statue : Standing at an elevation of 80 ft., it is one of the religious and spiritual monuments associated with Lord Buddha Bodh Gaya.

 

 

 

Sujata Kutti : During his six years of practicing meditation, Lord Buddha lost all his possessions including clothes and the faithful yet disappointed followers. The Uruvela’s village chief (Senani) daughter, Sujata offered honey and a dish of milk rice to the Lord, considered the first grains eaten by him after six years of adversity. In memory and honor of Sujata, a Stupa named Sujata Kutti.

 

 

The Dungeshwari Cave Temples : Also known as the Mahakala caves, these are located 12 kms. Northeast of Bodhgaya. Lord Buddha underwent years of penance here before he descended to Bodhgaya. A path across the river and up to the temples is 9km. from Bodhgaya on the road to Gaya. There are three main caves containing Hindu and Buddhist shrines.

 

Other nearby attractions include :

  • Animesh Lochan Chaitya * Chankramana * Ratnagarh
  • 80 ft. Statue of Lord Buddha * Lotus Tank * Buddha Kund
  • Rajayatana * Brahm Yoni * Chinese Temple & Monastery
  • Burmese Temple * Buddhist Monastery of Bhutan
  • International Buddhist House & Japanese Temple * Thai Temple & Monastery * Tibetan Monastery * Archaeological Museum * Sujata village * Dungeshwari Hill (Pragbodhi) and the Maitraya Project

 

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