Bodhgaya, situated on the banks of river Niranjana is one of the most sacred and religious place for Buddhist religion in the world. The ancient name of Bodhgaya is Uruvela and some documents call Bodhgaya as Sambodhi. Situated in Gaya district in the state of Bihar, it is the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Bodhgaya is a major tourist destination across the world and tourists come to Bodhgaya throughout the year.
Tourists come to Bodhgaya throughout the year to visit several monasteries most significantly Mahabodhi shrine, Budha Statue and Mahabodhi tree.
It is Mahabodhi tree under which Lord Buddha meditated and attained enlightenment and then after became famous as Bodhisattva. Mahabodhi Vihar is built near Mahabodhi tree which has been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bodhgaya is some 100 kilometers from the state capital Patna. There are several Buddhist monasteries in Bodhgaya. Mahabodhi tree and Vajrasana are located in the premises of Mahabodhi temple. The present Mahabodhi tree is the sapling brought from Sri Lanka, where the sapling of the original Mahabodhi tree was planted.
Bodhgaya is well connected via Gaya by Airways, Railways and Road with rest of the country. The nearest Airport is Gaya Airport, Gaya and the nearest railway station is Gaya Junction. However the most preferable way is Indian Railways. Gaya is well connected with State run roadways as well as Private Bus / Taxi operators.
This 80 feet high statue of the Buddha seated in a lotus posture, surrounded by 10 smaller sculptures of Buddha’s disciples was unveiled by the Dalai Lama in 1989.
Bodhgaya Museum contains a large number of Buddhist sculptures dating from the 8th to 12th centuries. However the most highlighted one is the collection of 2000 year old railings and pillars excavated from the Mahabodhi Temple.
Under Mahabodhi tree, Lord Buddha meditated and attained enlightenment and then after became famous as Bodhisattva
It is believed that Lord Buddha meditated here for several years before descending to Bodhgaya where he got enlightenment.
Mahabodhi Vihar is built near Mahabodhi tree which has been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Its a beautiful Monastery where meditation sessions are held during mornings and evenings.
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