Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, Bihar

Literally translated, 'Mahabodhi' means 'great awakening'.
This brick temple, one of the oldest such structures in the country, is located 96 kilometres from Patna and *****ed upon a site most revered by devout Buddhists, who believe that the Buddha attained enlightenment here. To the right of it is the Bodhi tree, under which he is believed to have sat in meditation.

The great Indian emperor Asoka is believed to have built the original shrine at Bodh Gaya around 250 BC and the current structure dates back to 5 or 6 AD.


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