The Mahabodhi Temple Complex marks the sacred place where Lord Buddha was enlightened. The complex is intricately crafted and pristinely preserved. The ambience is so appease and tranquil for people to soak in. The Mahabodhi Vihar was recognised as an UNESCO World Heritage site in the year 2002. The UNESCO recommended that the Indian authorities commence an overall management plan to protect the values of this World Heritage site. The temple is a three hour drive from Patna and is situated in Bodh Gaya.

Mahabodhi Temple

The Mahabodhi Temple Complex is amongst the four holy sites related to the birth of Buddha. The Emperor Asoka visited Bodh Gaya in the 260 B.C and constructed a small temple near the Bodhi tree. The sanctified Bodhi Tree is where the Lord Buddha, is said to have attained ‘Enlightenment’.

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However, it is said that the temple was attacked and destroyed by the Muslim rulers in the 11th century. Even the existing Bodhi tree at the temple complex is not the original tree under which Buddha became enlightened. Allegedly, it’s likely to be the successor of the original one. The other trees that were there are said to be destroyed over the time, by man-made and natural calamities.

Mahabodhi Temple

The main shrine has accommodated within, a huge gold painted statue of Lord Buddha which is indeed soul soaring. It is believed that there are many places where Buddha spent time to be enlightened in the complex. Signs indicate information about each place and one can follow the signs to trace the activities of Buddha. The sacred Bodhi tree under which Lord Buddha was enlightenment is the most sacred of all places on this site. One who visits the place is likely to get confused with all the other trees that are there in the temple complex. The Bodhi Tree is located behind the temple facing west. It is said that while Lord Buddha was meditating he was facing east and therefore the direction of the temple is east as well.

There is a pond that adjoins the complex and it is believed that Lord Buddha used to take bath in the sacred pond. There are places in the complex where one can meditate along with the monks and find peace for themselves. The main shrine is also very peaceful and a great place for someone who wants to soak knowledge in the name of god.

Mahabodhi Temple

The shrine was earlier managed by the Hindus but after 1949 the control was transferred from the Hindus to the Buddhists. The Bodh Gaya Management committee was set up to control and manage the temple and its well beings.
The temple complex opening time is 5am.It stays open until 9pm and there are no entry fees to enter the temple complex. However there is a fee of Rs.20 to carry a camera and Rs.300 to carry a video camera. The mediation park where one can meditate peacefully along with the monks has an entry fee which is Rs.20 for visitors and Rs.2 for people who want to meditate.
The Mahabodhi Complex Temple is the best place for a person who wants to sink deep in the history of Lord Buddha and wants to enjoy the peaceful ambience at the same time.