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Maha Bodhi, Bodhgaya India

Visiting the Holy Site of BODHGAYA

Bodhgaya, the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site, is where Siddhartha Gautama attained full enlightenment after sitting and meditating under the Bodhi tree (ficus religiosa) for 49 days. Bodh Gaya is one of the most sacred and holy sites in Buddhist tradition. After leaving his birthplace,Lord Buddha attained “ Enlightenment ” under a pipal tree. That pipal tree is known as Bodhi tree . It was the key pilgrimage site where Buddhism started. Thousands of visitors, pilgrims, and Buddhist followers visit this holy site located in Gaya district in Indian state of Bihar.

The Great Emperor Ashoka came to Bodh Gaya in 259 B.C. and he constructed the magnificent Mahabodhi temple near the Bodhi tree . Even though, Bodh Gaya became the victim of a serial bomb blast, it still remains. The primary points of homage here are the Bodhi tree (the current tree is a descendant of the original tree); the Vajrasana, or “diamond seat,” under the tree; and the Mahabodhi Temple, whose 52-meter spire rises up to the skies. The diamond seat, the oldest monument at Bodhgaya, is believed to have been erected by Ashoka to mark the spot where the Buddha gained ultimate liberation. The Mahabodhi Temple Compound includes a number of other shrines where the Buddha spent seven weeks immediately following his experience of nirvana.

Bodhgaya, now a World Heritage Site and a thriving tourist center, draws devotees from all over the world, who meditate, chant, offer flowers and incense, do prostrations, and engage in their respective rituals with great devotion and concentration. For many, sitting in meditation under the Bodhi tree, where the Buddha himself sat, is a profound spiritual experience.

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