The Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya in Bihar is considered one of the four holy sites for Buddhism. It’s the sites of immense religious or spiritual significance as it’s believed that Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, attained enlightenment here. Dating back from the 5th and 6th centuries BC, the temple is a great example of the early brick architecture in India and it invites devotees and tourists from all parts of the world.
The Mahabodhi Temple Complex consists of the main temple and six sacred places within an enclosed area. It’s the site of the holy Bodhi tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Around 260 B.C., emperor Ashoka visited Bodh Gaya and constructed a small temple near the same scared tree. A new temple was built to replace the old one and this is clearly testified by an inscription belonging to 1st- 2nd century A. D.
References to the Mahabodhi Temple Complex were made by noted Chinese travelers such as Fahienand Hieun Tsang between 4th – 6thCentury A. D. This temple is believed to have gone several alterations and all this has added to its legends and significance over centuries. Even today, you can find the sacred Bodhi tree standing proudly to the west of the temple. So, come to Bodh Gaya and experience the pinnacle of spirituality.