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Bodh Gaya- An Enlightenment Place of Lord Buddha

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Bodh Gaya is a religious place for pilgrims where Lord Buddha left his foot steps nearly 2500 years ago while traveling in the search of enlightenment. It is located near the river Phalgu, Bihar. People across the globe come here to visit this pilgrimage center. It is famous as this is the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained Enlightenment on the full moon day of Wesak in 588 BC and is the most holy place on the earth for Buddhists . King Ashoka was the first to build a shrine at this sacred place.

For Buddhists, Bodh Gaya is the most important of the four main pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha, the other three are Kushinagar, Lumbini and Sarnath. Bodh Gaya is associated with the Mahabodhi Temple complex in Gaya District of Bihar, India.  The Diamond Throne of Buddha is also located between the Bodhi tree and the rear Wall of the temple. It marks the actual seat of Enlightenment.

Bodh Gaya was the place where under a banyan tree also known as the Bodhi Tree, Gautam attained supreme knowledge to become Buddha, the enlightened one. The serene atmosphere of the place arouses the subconscious soul of any visitor who visits this pilgrimage site as the Lord himself had chosen it for meditation.

Major attractions of this sacred place:-

Mahabodhi Temple : – This temple is a major attraction to the Buddhists and stands near the Maha Bodhi tree under which Tathagat, or Gautam attained enlightenment. The height of this popular temple is 170 ft. In 2002, this famous temple became a part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has an architectural fusion of many centuries, cultures and heritages. While its architecture has an eloquent stamp of the Gupta era, it also has later age inscriptions describing visits of pilgrims from Sri Lanka, Myanmar and China between 7th and 10th century AD. It is perhaps still the same temple which was visited by Hieuen Tsang in the 7th century. The Shiva Lingam inside the temple was installed in the beginning of the 9th century. Pilgrims should visit the seven sacred places in the temple as they are associated with the Buddha’s stay at each place for seven days after Enlightenment.

Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya

Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya

Mahabodhi Temple

Mahabodhi Temple, BodhGaya

Mahabodhi Tree : – The tree has been considered as sacred since Lord Buddha acquired enlightenment under it, it is probably the fifth succession of the original tree. Anyone, who likes the climate of serene atmosphere can easily understand that the place is perfect for meditation.

Mahabodhi Tree, Bodhgaya

Mahabodhi Tree, Bodhgaya

Vajrasana : – It is stone platform, where Lord Buddha sat in meditation while he attained enlightenment and is known as Vajrasana. The place is restricted for any tourist activity as it is a sacred one.

Vajrasana Stone Platform, Bodhgaya

Vajrasana Stone Platform, Bodhgaya

80 Feet statue of Buddha : – This 80 Feet statue is another attraction for tourists. The statue is so high and beautiful that anyone dwell in it for some time. Established in 1989 by Daijokyo in Bodhgaya.

Buddha Statue, Bodhgaya

80 Feet Buddha Statue, Bodhgaya

At last, one can say that the Bodh Gaya is a perfect tourist as well as religious place. The placid environment of the place feels anyone that this is a perfect place for meditation as the Lord Buddha did.

Author: Ajay Kumar

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19 thoughts on “Bodh Gaya- An Enlightenment Place of Lord Buddha

  1. What a magnificent temple!

  2. Stunning shot and that temple is gorgeous! I would love to have a buddha like that in my garden. :D Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hi! Mahabodhi temple and Buddha statue are very impressive. Thank s for sharing.

  4. What a beautiful place. It must have been quite an experience to be able to meditate there.

  5. the temple is amazing, but that tree is fabulous!!

  6. beautiful photos of these holy sites!

  7. Wonderful shots. The temple and buddha are so beautiful.

  8. Wonderful images of an amazing destination Ajay, many thanks for sharing.

  9. Fun and wonderful photos! A wonderful place!

  10. What a great post, thank you for sharing this beautiful site with us. I’ve learned something today.

  11. Love the shots here…really would like to viist Bodh Gaya some day. Hopefully soon…

  12. Wow!Wonderful photos and post!

  13. What a beautiful temple! So big and so many details. Great post!
    Tnx for visiting my blog:-)

  14. Wonderful post and photos !!!

  15. WoW what an impressive statue, looks like a very interesting place, the temple is stunning. I would love to visit one day.

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