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#1 of 9 Places To Visit in Bodh Gaya
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Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee, Post office-2, Bodhgaya, Gaya, Bihar, 824231, India
entry fee
no entry fee
All days of the week
5:00 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Patna airport is connected to all major cities. The nearest station is Gaya (16 km). The Grand Trunk Road connects Gaya to cities like Allahabad, Kolkata, Kanpur, Jamshedpur, Patna (97 km) and Varanasi.

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The famed site where Gautam Buddha is believed to attained enlightenment, Mahabodhi Temple is the central site that attracts tourists and pilgrims to the city of Bodh Gaya. A UNESCO World heritage site, this temple complex houses structures built in the Dravidian style, as opposed to the usual Nagara style of temples.

The principal points of interest here are the Bodhi Tree; the Vajrasana (‘Seat of Stability’), also called the Diamond Throne; a red sandstone platform which marks the spot where the Buddha meditated; the Mahabodhi Temple, a towering structure to the east of the Bodhi Tree that houses a large, gilded black stone image of the Buddha in the bhumisparsha mudra (‘earth-touching posture’); the carved, sculpted stone railing around the temple, believed to have been built around the 1st century BCE; and stupas and structures that commemorate events during the seven weeks that the Buddha spent here in a state of bliss after his enlightenment.

At any time, a handful of monks and devotees can be seen performing countless prostrations to the tree. It’s a highly rigorous purificatory ritual: some monks are known to do up to 1,00,000 prostrations at one time.

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