Bodh Gaya Tourism, Bihar

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About Bodh Gaya - Bihar Tourism

Bodh Gaya is a popular tourist destination in the state of Bihar. The city is popular among travelers for being the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Bodh Gaya is considered as one of the most important sacred places for Buddhists in the world. Large number of Buddhist pilgrims visit this holy city from all over the world including Japan, China, Sri Lanka and South East Asia. Bodh Gaya along with four other sites of Lumbini, Kushinagar, and Sarnath are the most important Buddhist sites in India. 

The most important tourist attraction in Bodh Gaya is the Bodhi Tree, under which Gautam attained enlightenment to become Buddha. The original sapling of the Bodhi tree stills stand in the temple premises of the MahaBodhi temple here. Travelers will find the MahaBodhi temple to be very interesting due to tis architecture, which has traces of various periods including the Gupta era and the later visits of pilgrims from Sri Lanka, Myanmar and China between 7th and 10th century AD. The Mahabodhi temple has been recently declared as a UNESCO world heritage site. 

There are also other important tourist attractions here including the Lotus tank - where Lord Buddha has spent time near this sacred bank, Vajrasana, and Chankaramana. There are also numerous holy shrines dedicated to Lord Buddha that have been built by representatives from various countries including China, Japan, Bangladesh, Vietnam etc. 

Bodhy Gaya was the place where the wandering prince Siddhartha sat in meditation and achieved enlightenment. He spent his three days in meditation and seven weeks of enlightenment here. Historically, the city was known as Bodhimanda, being home to the monastery known as Bodhmanda-vihara. The city is beautifully located on the banks of River Lilanjan, surrounded by hills. 


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