This is the epicenter of Bodhgaya and is located quite near to the place where Buddha attained enlightenment. This is a World Heritage Site and therefore an important place to visit. The admission can be made free of cost and it remains open all days of the week. The temple has a long history and tells many stories of religious and spiritual world.
Mahabodhi temple was constructed in the 6th century Ad on top of the temple constructed by Emperor Ashoka around 800 years earlier. The temple was destroyed by the Muslim invaders in the eleventh century and had to be rebuilt multiple times. The last restoration was done in the year 1882. There is 50 meters pyramidal spire at the top of the temple and there is a 2 meters high image of Buddha. The overall architectural work is very artistic. There are stone railings around the temple that belong to 72 BC and have still been well preserved. There is the famous Bodhi tree also. The famous spot of Buddha’s enlightenment is located between the tree and the rear of the temple. This spot marks one of the most important places in history of religions. It is also referred to as Vajrasan which means a Diamon Throne.
The overall temple complex is serene and captures your heart while providing the peace of mind and painting the colors of spirituality in your mind. There is a famous lake called as Muchalinda Lake which is surrounded by prayer flags and a cobra statue rising from the centre of it. It is believed that Buddha meditated here on the sixth week of enlightenment and was protected by the snake god from the various storms that occurred at that time. The place is not only important for Buddhists but people from all religions come here to get the spiritual value. Buddha believed in equality and that is the value associated with this place. You can enjoy a walk around the temple that will help you to release all the worries. There are various other things to see inside the complex.