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The Great Awakening at Mahabodhi Temple

14 Nov

Bodh Gaya is the place where Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in 530 BC. Bodh Gaya is located in the Bihar state of India and is a popular tourist and religious destination. The Mahabodhi Temple is a Buddhist temple located near the Bodhi tree and is listed as a World Heritage Site in India by UNESCO. Mahabodhi means great awakening, and the area around the tree is called Bodhimanda. It is a Buddhism term which means the position of awakening. The Bodhi tree is the prime attraction inside the temple complex.

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Maha Bodhi Temple (Image by ivesabroad on Flickr)

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Entry Gate (Image by marc_p_1970on Flickr)

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Mahabodhi Temple, BodhGaya

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Image by everytin irie on Flickr

The Mahabodhi Temple was constructed by Emperor Ashoka in 260 BCE. It has gone under many restorations under different reigns. The temple is a great example of earlier brick-work in India. It is one of the earliest brick structures in eastern India that had endured for so long. The temple follows a straight-edged pyramidal design and is a seven storey high structure according to the amalakas occurring at the corners of the sikhara.

Area of Mahabodhi temple

Area of Mahabodhi Temple

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Bodhi Tee (Image by everytin irie on Flickr)

The temple has a central tower that is surrounded by four smaller towers of the same design. The central tower is about 55 metres in height, and the temple covers about 4.8 hectares of land. The Mahabodhi Temple is surrounded by stone railings, which have statues of Hindu Gods and Goddess. The figures of stupas, garudas (eagles) and lotus flowers are also there on the railings. It is one of the most holy Buddhists places in India. The large number of visitors it gets includes tourists and pilgrims from India and around the globe.

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29 responses to “The Great Awakening at Mahabodhi Temple

  1. Minoru

    November 14, 2013 at 11:21 am

    hi! Very interesting post. Temples and statues of Buddha are very different from our country’s ones. Thanks for sharing.

     
  2. Harsha

    November 14, 2013 at 11:54 am

    This December I am going to Patna to meet one of my friend..hopefully I get time to visit Bodh Gaya.. 😀

     
  3. Linda W.

    November 15, 2013 at 5:50 am

    Wow! What a beautiful Buddha!

     
  4. Jyothi Nair

    November 15, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Such lovely photographs and information. Must read your blog thoroughly soon. 🙂

     
  5. Dilip

    November 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Awesome post both the pictures and the write-up! Thank you 🙂

     
  6. ladyfi

    November 15, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    How truly gorgeous!

     
  7. seniorhiker

    November 15, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Thank you for sharing your photos of this very impressive temple. The entire temple area is beautiful.

     
  8. Gattina

    November 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    What an architecture ! the photos are gorgeous ! Must be very impressive to see such a temple life !

     
  9. TexWisGirl

    November 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    beautiful architecture, but that tree is stunning!

     
  10. annetbell

    November 15, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Beautiful pictures and site.

     
  11. Tina Schell

    November 15, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Incredible Swati – love the perspective the images with people in them gives us!

     
  12. Susie på Stjärnarve

    November 15, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Wow – what a beautiful temple! Lovely photos…..

     
  13. thomas

    November 16, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Wow! A very beautiful temple.

     
  14. Indrani

    November 16, 2013 at 2:06 am

    Incredible structure. I wish I could visit this place.
    Great pics.

     
  15. Swati Singh

    November 16, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Thank you friends for visiting here!! I glad and enjoy reading your thoughts, Hope Keep visiting..

     
  16. kirsty Vittetoe

    November 16, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Oh wow, it is stunningly beautiful, thanks for sharing!
    And thanks for stopping by my blog to say HELLO! : )

     
  17. Giga

    November 16, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Podziwiam Waszą kulturę, bardzo odmienną od naszej. Pokazana świątynia jest niesamowita i piękna. Dziękuję za jej pokazanie. Dziękuję również, ze mnie odwiedziłaś. Pozdrawiam.
    I admire your culture very different from ours. Shown temple is amazing and beautiful. Thank you for the show. I am also grateful that you visited me. Yours.

     
  18. Mo

    November 16, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Such beautiful architecture in your part of the world

     
  19. Leovi

    November 16, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Wonderful photos, beautiful frames, which approaches pretty!

     
  20. Filip and Kristel

    November 16, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Looks a very nice complex, reminbds me a bit of Thailand.

    Greetings,
    Filip

     
  21. Christine

    November 17, 2013 at 4:37 am

    Magnificent!

     
  22. pallavi

    November 17, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Hi Swati,

    Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

    Lovely pictures of the Mahabodhi temple. Such a regal architecture. Indeed its one of the gems of India.

    Thanks
    Pallavi

     
  23. Freya

    November 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I have been to India several times but never visited Bodh Gaya. I really regret that now, it looks so interesting. Stunning photos.

     
  24. Swati Singh

    November 18, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Thank you friends!

     
  25. Hilary

    November 19, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Amazing architecture here. I just can’t imagine how wonderful it would be to see it in person.

     
  26. HansHB

    November 20, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Great post!

     
  27. Tom

    November 25, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Those photos and places are magnificent… I must see them for myself some day… Unbelievably beautiful…

     

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