Bodh Gaya is the most important of the four pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha, the other three being at Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath.
Mahabodhi Temple is a beautiful temple built in the 3rd century at the very spot where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Asoka was an ardent devotee of Buddha and it is he who built this temple in lord's honor. There is a huge and beautiful idol of the Lord inside this shrine.
The Bodhi Tree is the sacred tree under which Lord Buddha meditated and attained nirvana or enlightenment. Pilgrims take back home the leaves of this Bodhi tree as blessings of the lord. It is said that a sapling of the original Bodhi tree was taken from here to Srilanka and the Bodhi tree is still present there.
|Mahabodhi temple, one of the world’s holiest Buddhist shrines, is to have its dome inlaid with 300 kilogrammes of gold donated by His Majesty the King.The Mahabodhi temple, built about 1,500 years ago, is a Unesco world heritage site.|
|Peaceful and serene golden idol of Gautam Buddha at The Mahabodhi Temple|
|The sacred Mahabodhi Tree under which Buddha received enlightenment|
|Buddha's sacred foot prints inlaid in stone|
|Various stupas around the temple - above and below|
|Ratnaghara - the place of basic contemplation. Lord Buddha spent the fourth week here in meditation reflecting on the Pathana or the casual law|
|Cankamana (Cloister Walk) - Lord Buddha spent the third week here walking up and down in meditation. on the platform Lotuses indicate the places where the Lords feet were rested while walking|
|Rajayatana - After enlightenment Lord Buddha spent the seventh week in meditation here.|
|Mucalinda Lake - The abode of the snake king.Lord Buddha spent the sixth week meditating here. While he was meditating there was severe thunderstorm. To protect him from the violent wind and rain even the wild animals came out to protect him|
|Animesa Locana - The place of unwinking gazing. After enlightenment Lord Buddha spent the second week in meditation here gazing unwinkingly at the Bodhi Tree|
|Ajpal Nigrodh Vriksha or Tree.After enlightenment Buddha spent the 5th week in contemplation here.It is at this spot that Buddha told a Brahmin pilgrim that a man becomes a Brahmin not because of his his birth but on account of deeds.|