Bodh Gaya

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At the entrance of the Maha Bodhi temple. The temple stands in the east of the Bodhi Tree. Its architectural effect is superb. Its basement is 48 square feet and it rises in the form of a slender Pyramid till it reaches its neck, which is cylindrical in shape. The total height of the temple is 170 ft. and on the top of the temple are Chatras which symbolize sovereignty of religion. Four towers on its corners rise gracefully giving the holy structure a poise balance. This sacred edifice is like a grand banner unfurled by time to proclaim to the world the pious efforts of the Buddha to solve the knots of human miseries, to ascend above worldly problems and to attain transcendental peace through wisdom, good conduct and disciplined life.

You see Vajrasana, the seat of stability, is a stone platform on which the Buddha is supposed to have sat in meditation gazing east, under the Bodhi tree.

Cankamana. Lord Buddha spent the third week here going up and down in meditation. Various countries have made Buddhist monasteries here like the Chinese, Japanese, Bhutanese, Burmese and Thai.

Inside the Maha Bodhi temple complex. This seems like the Buddha Kund. The present Bodhi Tree is probably the fifth succession of the original tree under which the Buddha had attained enlightenment. Narrations from Bihar Tourism web site.

Inside the Maha Bodhi temple complex. Body Gaya is located in the state of Bihar whose name ''Bihar'' originated from ''Vihara'' meaning monasteries which abounded in Bihar

Inside the Maha Bodhi temple complex. Inside the temple, in the main sanctum, there is a colossal image of the Buddha in sitting posture touching the earth by his right hand. In this posture the Buddha accomplished the supreme enlightenment. The statue is of black stone but it has been guilder by the devotees. The entire courtyard of the temple is studded with large number of votive stupas as you see. These stupas are of all sizes built during the past 2500 years ago. Most of them are extremely elegant in structural beauty. The ancient railings, which surround the temple, are of the first century BC and are among the very interesting monuments of the century.

An icon of Lord Buddha inside one of the many monasteries.

Bodhgaya is one of the most important and sacred Buddhist pilgrimage center in the world. It was here under a banyan tree, the Bodhi Tree that Gautama attained supreme knowledge to become Buddha, the Enlightened One. You see an icon of Lord Buddha.