The city of Bodh Gaya is situated along the banks of the Phalgu River in the northeastern Indian state of Bihar. Buddhists around the world recognize the city as the most important of four primary pilgrimage sites because it is the place where Siddhārtha Gautama transcended the normalcy of human existence and became enlightened. For spiritual seekers today, traveling to Bodh Gaya, and visiting the city’s most important sites, provides meaningful inspiration and reminds them of their inborn potential to achieve the ultimate goal of Nirvana.
Since 1953, Bodh Gaya has transformed into a diverse spiritual metropolis where Buddhists from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma, Tibet, Bhutan, and Japan have established monasteries and temples architecturally built in styles common of their respective countries. While these various places of worship shouldn’t be overlooked, it is the temple at the city’s center that is Bodh Gaya’s main draw. The Mahabodhi Temple, which was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002, plays home to the now infamous Bodhi Tree which the Buddha sat underneath at the time of his enlightened
Vishwa Shanti Stupa.
The 80th Feet Buddha Statue.