Bodhgaya is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in India where GAUTAM BUDDHA attained supreme knowledge under the Bodhi Tree around 2500 years ago. Located in the Indian state of Bihar in the Gaya District which boasts of its rich cultural and religious beliefs. Bodhgaya is an epitome of architectural brilliance and divinity .
THE MAHABODHI TEMPLE: It is one of the oldest Buddhist Temple made entirely in brick. The first temple was built by emperor Ashok in the 3rd Century B.C. and the present temple was built in the 5th or 6th Century. It hones a large black statue of Buddha sitting cross-legged.
THE BODHI TREE: The Bodhi Tree is one of the most sacred sites at the Mahabodhi Temple where Buddha attained enlightenment after 49 days of rigorous meditation .To commerate this a Chankramar was built as a low platform which is adorned by 19 lotuses parallel to the Maha Bodhi Temple .
GREAT BUDDHA STATUE: This Great Buddha Statue is one of the major attraction in Bodhgaya . The 25 meter tall statue of Lord Buddha is located half a kilometer away from the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya. The Great Buddha Statue which is portrayed in a deep meditating state is a symbol of peace and serenity.
ANIMESH LOCHANA CHAITYA SHRINE: This shrine is visited by thousands of pilgrims from all over the world. Animesh Lochana Chaitya Shrine is one of the most revered shrines where Lord Buddha gazed at the Bodhi Tree continuously for 7 days without blinking his eyes to show his gratitude towards the tree for giving him shelter.
THE THAI MONASTERY: Established in 1957 this monastery gives you a glimpse of the Thai architecture and Buddhist ideology. The monastery is adorned by a colourful Buddhist Pagoda. The captivating Thai temple hones a chiseled 25 meter high statue of Lord Buddha with his hair tied.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: The best time to visit Bodhgaya is from October – March.
By Air: Patna is the nearest airport which is 17 kilometers from Bodhgaya is well connected by flights from major cities in India .
By Rail– The nearest railway station is Gaya Junction which is 13 kilometers away from Bodhgaya .
By Road– A main road connects the city of Gaya to the to the town of Bodhgaya