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Bodhgaya - Place of Enlightenment

 

Bodhgaya is one of the important and sacred Buddhist pilgrimage centers of the world which is located in the state of Bihar. It was here 2,500 years ago; under a banyan tree Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. For Buddhists Bodhgaya, is one of the four pilgrimage sites which are related to the life of Gautama Buddha. Mahabodhi Temple of this place became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. This land has numerous Buddhist monuments, temples and monasteries, which reflects the historical as well as religious relevance of this place.

The Bodhi Tree:

This is the most sacred pipal tree for every Buddhist which is located at the back of the main temple. It was this tree under which Gautama got enlightened. The present tree is believed to be the descendant of the original tree which was said to be secretly cut down by the Ashoka's wife because she never used to like Ashoka spending time there. It is the most important attractions of this place are visited by almost every tourist who flock this place every year. Pilgrims or tourists who visit this place collect the fallen Bodhi Tree seeds and leaves as blessings for themselves and to their family.

Mahabodhi Temple:

This is the most important temple which stands in the east to the Bodhi Tree. It is known throughout the world for its architectural supremacy. This grand edifice constructed on a basement of 48 square feet rises to the height of 170 ft. On the top of the temple there are Chatras which symbolically represent sovereignty of religion. The four towers on its corner provide perfect balance to this holy structure.

Inside this sacred sanctum there is a black stone colossal image of the Buddha in a sitting posture which captivates visitor's attention. It is in this posture the Buddha attained the supreme enlightenment. The whole temple courtyard is encircled by numbers of votive stupas. Built 2500 years ago, these are known for their structural beauty.

Vajrasana:

This is the stone platform kept under Bodhi Tree. It is believed that on this stone platform Buddha meditated, facing east. It is the most revered spot of this place which is worshiped nowadays.

Some of the other world known treasures of this place is 80 ft Statue of the Buddha, Lotus Tank, Buddha Kund, Rajayatana and Brahm Yoni.

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