Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya is a most sacred pilgrimage place for the Buddhists. The Bodh Gaya is situated at a distance 405 km far from Patna and 7 miles south of Gaya. Mahabodhi Temple was built during the 3rd century BC by the emperor Ashoka and it is one of the earliest Buddhist temples located in India constructed using brick and exist from the late Gupta period.
There is a platform below the Bodhi tree known as Vajrasana where Lord Buddha used to meditate. The Mahabodhi Temple has selected by the UNESCO as one of the place of the World Cultural Heritage that is one of the holiest sites and it is related to the life of Lord Buddha. This place is known where Lord Buddha got enlightenment and a diamond is placed between the Bodhi tree and Mahabodhi temple marking the real spot of Buddha’s enlightenment.
There is one more spectacular image of the Buddha placed on the wall of the temple including his footsteps curved in the hard stone. The tourists not only come here because it is a sacred place but to enjoy the architectural beauty of the temple. The tourists can find the description of the temple in the writings of Hiuen Tsang, a Chinese traveler who came to India in 637AD and wrote about this temple. The temple is also a representation of architectural genius and it stands as one of the rare temples in the country constructed using a brick.
Mahabodhi Temple walls reveal the stories related to the real life of Buddha and it is not only a Buddhist pilgrimage but also place of beauty from the 3rd century BC. The temple can be reached very easily by hiring taxis and also regular buses are available from anywhere in Bihar.