Best time to visit7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Open hours5:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Things to doworship, meditation
Best MonthsSeptember - May
Traveller TypesFriends, Families, Couples, Solo
Rank1 out of 23 attractions in Gaya
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.
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Reviews of Mahabodhi Temple • 4
Where Lord Buddha attained nirvana.
Bodh Gaya is asmall town and is probably the holiest Buddhist location of all. This temple is an architectural wonder and stands tall at 54 meters and has stories to tell which covers Pala king of Bengal to Chinese scholar pilgrims and Muslim Invaders. It now has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
This temple was declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2002. It is spread over the area of 4.8 hectares and the total height of the temple is 170 ft. It stands in the east of the Bodhi Tree. The chatras on the top of the temple symbolize the sovereignty of religion.
A little tip ,if you are not aware of the history of Mahabodhi Temple or any other place ,you should hire a guide ,for the first half an hour i was just trying to find the history behind this place but couldn't, as everybody there was in silent phase or didn't know Hindi or English , and thus the guide can in real handy.should have hired him in the first place.