Bodh Gaya, India


Bodh Gaya is a village in the northeast Indian state of Bihar. Considered one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites, it’s dominated by the ancient brick Mahabodhi Temple Complex, built to mark the site where the Buddha attained enlightenment beneath a sacred Bodhi Tree. A direct descendant of the tree sits within the complex today, along with six other sacred sites, including a lotus pond.
Area: 249 km²

Population: 45,349 (2015)

Some of the best place to visit in Bodh Gaya, India

Mahabodhi Temple

The Mahabodhi Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an ancient, but much rebuilt and restored, Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya, marking the location where the Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment. Bodh Gaya is about 96 km from Patna, Bihar state, India.

Address: Bodhgaya, Bihar 824231, India

Height: 180′
Opened: 260 BC
Area: 12 acres
Built by: Ashoka

UNESCO World Heritage Site inscription: 2002

Great Buddha

The Giant Buddha statue is one of the many stops in the Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist routes in Bodhgaya, Bihar. The statue is 19.507 m high in meditation pose or dhyana mudra seated on a lotus in open air. It took seven years to complete with the help of 12,000 masons.
Location: Bodh Gaya, India
Dimensions: 19.507 m (64.00 ft) high /the height of the lotus 6 ft
Medium: The mix of sandstone blocks and red granit
Artist: Rishikesh Dasgupta

Year: 1982 (started); 18 November 1989 (inaugurated)

Dungeshwari Cave

 

Dungeshwari Cave Temples, also known as Mahakala caves, is situated 12 km north-east of Bodhgaya, in Gaya district Bihar. Gautama Siddhartha is believed to have piously meditated at this place for six years before he went to Bodhgaya for the final realization. Two small shrines are built to commemorate this phase of Buddha. A golden emaciated Buddha sculpture memorising the rigid penance is enshrined in one of the cave temples and a large (about 6’ tall) Buddha’s statue in the other. A Hindu goddess deity Dungeshwari is also placed inside the cave temple.
Address: Bihar 823003, India
Indosan Nipponji

Established in 1963, a Japanese Buddhist temple with an adjoining kindergarten & a clinic.
Address: Bodhgaya, Bihar 824231, India
Prachin Bharat Multimedia Museum

Popular museum featuring interactive multimedia exhibits devoted to local culture & history.
Address: Bodhgaya, Bihar 824231, India

Hours:

Thursday 9AM–5PM
Friday 9AM–5PM
Saturday 11AM–3PM
Sunday 11AM–3PM
Monday 9AM–5PM
Tuesday 9AM–5PM
Wednesday 9AM–5PM