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.
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.
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.