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Mahabodhi




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Mahabodhi Temple - General View Page17

There is no dearth of accommodation at Buddha Gaya now. There are Dormitories, Inspection Bungalows and Circuit Houses at Buddha Gaya. A number of Buddhist Missions have set up their own monasteries near the Mahabodhi temple and Buddhist pilgrims can find accommodation in these monasteries too. On the occasion of the celebration of the 2,500th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, many great improvements were done to the temple and the surroundings. Buddha Gaya has facilities of electricity and a small bazaar. There is a police thana and a dispensary as well.

Besides the Mahabodhi temple, which will be described later, there are other objects of interest, which should not be missed. There is a world-famous sacred pipal tree by the side of the Mahabodhi temple. It is said that the present tree is in succession to the pipal tree under which Lord Buddha prayed and obtained spiritual solace. Saplings of this Bodhi tree have been taken with great reverence and installed in a large number of Buddhist countries.

Vajrasana, which is between the temple and the Bodhi tree, is a seat of stone. It is said that this seat marks the actual site where Gautama sat and prayed and became the Buddha. The Animeshlochan Stupa has been erected at the site where Lord Buddha stood and gazed at the sacred Bodhi tree after the Enlightenment.




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