About The Mahabodhi Temple
The Mahabodhi Temple is a Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya, India. It is the most sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists, and the most important temple in the Indian Buddhist tradition. The temple is located at the spot where Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, is said to have attained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree.
The main shrine of the Mahabodhi Temple is a large stupa. The temple complex also includes a Bodhi Tree, the Vajrasana, and a number of other shrines and temples. The Mahabodhi Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
According to Buddhist scriptures, the Bodhi Tree is a direct descendant of the tree under which Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment. The temple was originally built by Emperor Asoka of the Maurya Empire in the 3rd century BC. The temple was rebuilt and enlarged by later dynasties, including the Pala Empire and the Sena Dynasty.
The Mahabodhi Temple was extensively damaged by Muslim raiders in the 12th century. The temple was rebuilt in the 19th century by the British Raj. The Mahabodhi Temple was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002.
The Mahabodhi Temple is a large stupa-shaped temple complex. The main shrine of the temple is a large stupa, which is surrounded by a railing. The railing features four lion statues at the corners. The main shrine is located at the spot where Siddhartha Gautama is said to have attained enlightenment.