Bodhgaya, Bihar 824231, India
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The Great Awakening TempleThis small sculpture sits at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, India—a popular place for both Buddhists and Hindus because the site is said to be where Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment. Today the Mahabodhi Temple's grounds are filled with robed monks who have travel from as far as Thailand to pay homage to the Buddha.
The temple is centrally located in the town of Bodh Gaya, and it's essentially the only reason to come for a visit. It is a quaint town with a gloriously slow pace of life.
AFAR Local Expert
over 4 years ago
The Maha Bodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, India is the tribute where Buddha was enlightened. In the complex, you can see the exact spot of the Bodhi tree - marked with a plaque - or walk around the temple with devotees and visitors. There may be a meditation service happening with maroon-robed followers chanting or you may have corners of the site to yourself. Either way, it's easy to feel a little lighter within the walls than outside them.