Located at Bodh Gaya, Bihar, Mahabodhi Vihar is a famous Buddhist temple dedicated to Lord Buddha. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is said to be the location where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. The place contains a descendant of the Bodhi Tree under which Buddha gained enlightenment. The Mahabodhi Temple dedicated to Buddha was built here by Emperor Ashoka around 260 B.C.
Many legends and Jatakas revolve around Bodh Gaya. The spot at which the tree is located, is believed to be the navel of the Earth. The Bodhi Tree is believed to have sprang up as Gautam Buddha was born.
Mahabodhi Temple is constructed of brick and is an example of architecture during the Gupta Period. The central tower is surrounded by four smaller towers, constructed in the same style. The Mahabodhi Temple is surrounded on all four sides by stone railings, about two metres high. In 2013, the upper portion of the temple was gilded with gold gifted by the king of Thailand and the devotees there.Pic Courtesy: "Mahabodhitemple" by Bpilgrim - Own wo...View more
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Timings : Temple is closed between 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM.
Camera is allowed after paying a fee.
Bodh Gaya is considered sacred for Hindus and Buddhists alike. The region has traditions and culture derived from teachings of Buddhism. Bodh gaya is sacred not only to Indians but all the countries, where Buddhism is followed. Chanting and meditation are two of the most important byproduct of Buddhist culture.
Bodhgaya, Bihar 824231
After reaching Gaya, Taxis, Tongas, Auto Rickshaws, and Cycle Rickshaws are available for local transport to reach Mahabodhi Temple. Gaya is well connected with most railheads in India and buses are easily available from most parts of Bihar.
Meditation, Sutta Chanting, Cankamana
Butter Lamps (Cankamana) of Various sizes are the common offerings at Mahabodhi Temple.
Monlam Puja & Peace ceremony is celebrated between December & February at Mahabodhi Temple.
Monlam Puja & Peace ceremony:- From Nov to Feb
Feb:- Bauddha Mahotsava
Apr:- Ambedkar Jayanti
May:- Buddha Jayanti
Oct:- Kathina Civra Dana