This small town of Bihar is one of the most revered pilgrimages in
Buddhism. The place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment, Bodh Gaya is
revered destination for Buddhists from all over the world. The place holds a
mystique charm that makes the soul content and the mind peaceful. Bodh Gaya
also houses some of the most respected sculptures of Buddhism. Stupas,
Chaityas and Monastery give the town a deeply- religious look, and many new
Buddhist institutions in addition to those built many years ago have been
established in this region. The most famous attractions of Bodh Gaya include
the Maha bodhi temple, the Bodhi Tree and the magnificent Vajrasana statues
of Lord Buddha.
The best time to visit this place is during the Buddha Jayanti festival
which is held each year to commemorate the day of enlightenment of Lord
This town, in Bihar is at a distance of nearly 7 miles from the revered
Hindu pilgrimage Gaya, which is 105 km from the state capital Patna.
What to see :
The Maha Bodhi temple
the Maha Bodhi temple is one of the most sought
after temples in Buddhism and represents the splendid and unique Buddhist
culture successfully. The temple is huge and is recognized from far due to
its 50-m high tower. Moreover, there are distinct Buddhist images sculptured
on the walls which gives it a pristine religious look. Re built after being
destroyed due to the Muslim invasion in India, the temple still houses some
very ancient railings, which are held high in religious point of view.
The temple also serves as a link between Buddhism and Hinduism, and a Shiva
Lingam inside the temple proves the fact. There is also a huge statue of
Buddha in vajrasana Mudra that is very attractive.
Bodhi Tree :
The tree under which Lord Buddha had meditated while attaining
enlightenment is also a major attraction to the Buddhist pilgrims. The tree
is looked after well by the Buddhist monk's society and is considered very
sacred. The leaves and branches of the tree are considered collectibles, but
only when it is discarded by the tree itself.
"Asana" means seat and the place at which Buddha sat during his
meditation under the tree is strictly preserved and revered by the
Buddhists. The look of the seat creates a naturally respectful feeling in
the mind due to its distinct appeal.
This place signifies the sacred meditative pre ambulations of Lord Buddha
during the third week of his meditation while attaining enlightenment.
Again, it has different and mystiques appeal to the devotee's eyes.