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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Bodh Gaya - Other Temples

Bodhgaya is now a town of about 30,000 permanent residents. The two major sacred sites in Bodhgaya are the Mahabodhi Temple and the Bodhi Tree, around which many other temples and monasteries of various Buddhist traditions (Japanese, Tibetan, Bhutanese and others) have been built. Here are some pictures of some of these other temples there and a giant statue of Buddha.
Korean Temple - Built and maintained by the Government of Korea
Japanese Temple - Built and maintained by the Government of Japan


Thai Temple - Built and maintained by the Government of Thailand

Bhutanese Temple - Built and maintained by the Kingdom of Bhutan

Giant Statue of Buddha - The unveiling and consecration of the Great Buddha Statue took place on November 18, 1989. The consecration ceremony was graced with the presence of His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama, who blessed the 25-meter statue, the first great Buddha ever built in the history of India. The Statue is now a symbol of the holy place Bodhgaya, next to Mahabohdi Temple which is a World Heritage site, and enjoys constant visits of pilgrims from all over the world. Among local people, it is nicknamed "the 80-foot (25-meter) Buddha Statue.


12 comments:

  1. Ohmy! What a lovely place. I am still trying to place where I've come across Bodhgaya. Loving how we get to see the different temple and their exterior differences. I like the Thai temple particularly; very gracious arches. :)

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  2. the roof differences are so beautiful in their own way.

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  3. º° ✿✿ ♫° ·.
    A arquitetura, as árvores, os jardins, tudo transmite paz e contemplação.
    É um encontro com a verdadeira essência da vida.
    Bom restinho de semana!
    Beijinhos.
    Brasil.
    ✿⊱°•.¸

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  4. Great shots of the beautiful temples and statue.

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  5. I didn't realize there were so many beautiful temples here Ram. Temples have been built by various governments that showcase their architecture and culture. Lovely :)

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  6. The temples stand in contrast to the preachings and life of simplicity of Buddha. great snaps!

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  7. So much beauty and so many governments keen on promoting Buddhism.

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    1. Alas no Buddhists in the land where Buddha was born :(

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