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Mahabodhi Temple

Mahabodhi Temple




Location: Bihar State  Map

Temple office (0631) 240 2445

Open: daily




Description of Mahabodhi Temple

Mahabodhi Temple is a medieval Buddhist temple located in Bihar State in India. The name of this religious complex is translated as the Great Enlightenment or Great Awakening. Buddhist tradition claims that it was here that prince Siddhārtha Gautama achieved enlightenment while sitting under a Bodhi tree. He subsequently received a respectful name Buddha or the Enlightened One. There is little evidence for an existence of this historical figure, but later documents claim that he lived either in the 6th or 5th century BC. Buddhist mythology also claims that this site will be the last to disappear with destruction of the World and will be the first to be recreated when the World will be reborn. The first attempt to mark this spot happened in 250 BC by Buddhist Emperor Asoka. He constructed a diamond throne here and named it Vajrasana. Stupa was constructed in the 5th century AD. During Medieval age religious complex was largely abandoned. Local dynasties that supplied this important religious complex with resources and cheap labor were defeated. It was visited by individuals, but complex was overgrown by a jungle. Only in the late 19th centuries it was re- discovered. Cleaning of the site began under British government and supervision of Sir Alexander Cunningham.






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