Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya
Summer: May-June(35°C to 43°C)
Winter: November-March(4°C to 10°C)
Best time to visit:
Opening Time: 5:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 9:00 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: N/A
Entry Fees for Indians
Video Camera: N/A
Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals
The Mahabodhi Temple in Gaya, where Lord Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment is one of the most scared pilgrim centres for Buddhists. The holy Bodhi tree and the monastery, the BodhimandaVihara are both near the temple. A UNESCO World heritage site, this temple complex is built in Dravidian architectural style against the Nagara style of temples.
The Mahabodhi Temple, houses a towering black stone image of the Buddha in the Bhumisparsha Mudra (ground-touching posture). The 1st century stone railing, stupas and the structures commemorate and celebrate the events of those seven weeks that Buddha spent here before his enlightenment. Monks and devotees perform prostrations around the Mahabodhi tree, which is considered as a purification ritual.
The Vault of Mahabodhi Temple is being gold coated using 290 kg.of gold by the Government of Thailand.
Gaya is connected to all major cities like Allahabad, Kolkata, Kanpur, Patna and Jamshedpur via the Grand Trunk Road.
The nearest railway station is Gurpa railway station Junction which is only 9 km. from Mahabodhi Temple.
The nearest airportis Gaya airport, which is at a distance of 7 km. from Mahabodhi Temple.