Mahabodhi temple

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    Location: Bodh Gaya, Bihar 824231, India

    Estimated Visiting Time: 2-3 Days

    Mahabodhi Temple is situated at Bodh Gaya city under the district of Gaya in Bihar, India. Bodh Gaya is a city of history. Bodh Gaya is situated near Mahabodhi Temple Complex. There is a lot of history behind this place. We know that Gautam Buddha is also known as Bodhi. It was here that Buddha attained enlightenment from Pali Bodhi. The name of the tree under which he used to acquire knowledge was the Bodhi tree. Many people come from home and abroad to visit the historical places located in Bodh Gaya city. Mahabodhi Temple is one of the most ancient, historical, and popular temples in Bihar as well as India. It is one of the holiest sites for Buddhists.


    There is so much to see here.  The environment outside this temple is very beautiful.  The temple has an 80 feet tall Buddha statue which is very rare in nature. Since Buddhists consider this place very sacred, many Buddhists from home and abroad come here every year as visitors. It is a place of interest not only for Buddhists but also for people of all religions. If you also want to enjoy this historical place then you too can come to this Mahabodhi temple of Bodh Gaya.


    Statues of Buddha line the exterior of Mahabodhi temple.

    There is a lot of history behind this Mahabodhi Temple. It is the most ancient temple of Bodh Gaya and Bihar. Mahabodhi Temple was founded by Mauryan emperor Ashoka. All the walls of the temple are inlaid with artwork. It is a very holy place for Buddhists because Buddha came here physically. Buddha spent a lot of time here. Here he acquired knowledge from Pala Bodhi. This temple is situated near the Lilajan River. The Buddha is practicing suicide six times in this place.
    Here you can find a big statue of Buddha. You will be astonished to see how big it is. The height of the temple is 180 feet. The Bodhi tree inside Mahabodhi Temple is another historical thing. The Mahabodhi Temple has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

    Inside/Outside Views

    Beautiful outside view of Mahabodhi Temple.

    There are too many reasons to visit Mahabodhi Temple. First of all, it is one of the most sacred places in Bihar for Buddhists. Buddha came here physically. In Bodhgaya, he spent quite some time of his life. He had trained himself to commit suicide six times in his life.  He did this training in this place.  The most interesting and popular place in Bodh Gaya is the Mahabodhi Temple. There is so much to see here.

    Opening Hours

    Mahabodhi Temple opens every day at 5:00 AM in the morning and closes at 9:00 PM. It is also open on all public holidays.

    Entry & Others Fees

    There is no entry fee. You don’t have to pay any extra charge to enter Mahabodhi Temple.

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    How to Reach

    By Air: You can reach Mahabodhi Temple by air. The closest airport to Bodh Gaya city is Gaya International Airport which is just 11 km away from Bodh Gaya. It is an international airport. So you can get both domestic and international flights from here. If you really want a comfortable journey you can go to Mahabodhi Temple by air.

    By Train: This place can be visited by train also. The closest railway station from Bodh Gaya city is Gaya Junction. It is 13 km away from Bodh Gaya city. If you want a peaceful journey you can try it.

    By Road: This city is also visited via road. The roads of the city are so well. In Bodh Gaya, you can find various kinds of local transport services as well as buses, taxis, and cabs. In Bodh Gaya city bus services are so good and the people of the city use bus services for travel within the city. You can also hire private transport like a taxi or cab and easily reach your destination, Mahabodhi Temple.

    Tips for Travellers

    You should carry your necessary things and water bottles.


    Que-01: Is this place safe to visit?

    Ans: Yes, this place is totally safe to visit. This is a hassle-free place.

    • But there is a  local police station near the Mahabodhi temple for your needs. If you need any help you can contact them.
    • Location: Unnamed Road, Bodh Gaya, Bihar 824231, India
    Que-02: Is photography allowed inside Mahabodhi Temple?

    Ans: Yes, photography is allowed inside Mahabodhi Temple. But you have to pay some extra charge for it. You have to pay 100 INR-300 INR for video cameras. 

    Que-03: Is a parking zone available in Mahabodhi Temple?

    Ans: Yes, a parking zone is available in Mahabodhi Temple. You can park your vehicles here and you don’t have to pay any extra charge for that. The parking zone of Mahabodhi Temple is so well conducted.

    Que-04: Best time to visit Mahabodhi Temple:

    Ans: Mahabodhi Temple is located in Bodh Gaya city and Bodh Gaya can be visited at any time throughout the year. But the best time to visit Bodh Gaya city is between October to March. Between this time the watcher of the city remains favorable. On hot days, Bihar has very hot weather. Temperatures of 48 degrees Celsius are very common here.

    We wish you all the best for your journey. Happy Travel!!!

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