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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
5:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
worship, meditation
Free
September - May
Friends, Families, Couples, Solo
1 out of 23 attractions in Gaya

Mahabodhi Temple

This is a temple with a history of over 2500 years and is the same place where Gautama Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment. It is in Gaya which is a few kilomteres away from Patna and is considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This temple around what is known as the Mahabodhi tree is said to have been built by Emperor Ashoka, who was an ardent follower of Lord Buddha after he left the path of violence and shifted completely to non- violence following the teachings of Lord Buddha. The Emperor visited this place in the 3rd Century BC and decided to pay his respects to Buddha. Afterwards also when Fa Hien, the ambassador from China visited this place he has mentioned it in his account. He has mentioned seeing the Bodhi Tree surrounded by brick walls. This temple is the forst brick temple dedicated to Lord Buddha and is often considered as the oldest and most important place of Buddhist worship in the country. Later with the advent of the Delhi Sultanate in the 18th Century, the temple lost its importance completely and was not repaired or maintained at all. Later again with the fall of the intolerant Delhi Sultans and the advent of the Burmese rulers, the temple recieved its necessary maintenance and this carried on till the time of the British. People flock here in huge numbers every year to seek blessings from the lord.
Aradhana Verma
It is almost evening as I reach the temple and stand in a very long line. Security arrangements are in place. Mobile phones are strictly not allowed inside the complex . I keep them in the locker which is provided. They allow me to take my camera inside for which there is a fee of INR 100.
Aradhana Verma
Mahabodhi templeThe highlight of the trip. Finally, the temple where Buddha achieved enlightenment. The Mahabodhi Temple (Great Awakening Temple) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Pawan Agrawal
As we moved to Mahabodhi Temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site), we realised there was a more than usual hustle around in the complex. The streets were decorated with flags and flowers. The majority of the people were monks in red robes or foreign tourists coming to this pilgrimage. We were told that the 31st Nyingma Monlam Chenmo festival (prayer for world peace) was going on, which saw monks in thousands chanting prayers. We were lucky to visit the temple at such an auspicious time of the year.