Bodhgaya is one of the most visited holy destinations in India that attracts numerous pilgrims seeking Nirvana. This crucible of Buddhism was built on the place where Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment under a bodhi tree and became Buddha. The simple setting of this temple town makes it a perfect place to meditate and escape from all kinds of worldly sorrows.
Looking majestic and tranquil, the Great Buddha Status stands 80 ft high, overlooking the serene town. Made of sandstone blocks and red granite, the statue was inaugurated by the XIVth Dalai Lama on November 18, 1989. The sight of Buddha meditating with his eye closed and a divine glow on the face is enough to convert an atheist into theist.
Built around the original Bodhi Tree, this temple looks like the original Stupa constructed by King Ashoka. The temple houses a life size statue of Buddha, meditating with his legs crossed. Pilgrims get stunned by the beautifully craved stone railings encircling the temple complex.
The tree holds great importance among the followers of Buddhism. It is believed that after rigorous fasting for years, Siddharta Gautama accepted milk and honey from a young woman. He then sat beneath the Bodhi Tree and consecrated not to move until he attained enlightenment. A special event, Bodhi Day is celebrated around this tree to celebrate Buddha's enlightenment.
This temple was raised by Chinese Buddhist monks in the proximity of the Bodhi temple complex. The temple is a perfect example of Chinese architecture, and the 200 year old Buddha statue placed here was brought all the way from China.
Gaya is the closest airport located approximately 17 kilometres from Bodh Gaya. Regular bus services are also available from the city of Gaya. Also, those travelling by train can land at the Gaya Junction which is 13 kilometres away from the town of Bodh Gaya.
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