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Bodh Gaya

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As one of the four most important pilgrimage sites in the world, Bodh Gaya is the important place where Gautama Buddha attained the ultimate truth i.e. Nirvana. Bodh Gaya is also associated with other important Buddhist sculptures and sites such as Bodhi tree, Mahabodhi temple and is located in the state of India. Bodh Gaya is the symbol of starting point of Buddhism and the place where young prince Siddhartha from Lumbini found the ultimate truth by attaining Enlightenment and it is also the place where Gautama Buddha decided to teach every living beings about the knowledge that he gained through Nirvana.

Indian Buddhism is considered as the ancient Buddhist tradition that influence many other Buddhist tradition in various Asian Buddhist countries such as Nepal Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism. Many Buddhist styles and arts in various Asian countries are influenced directly or indirectly by Indian Buddhism.

History

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After leaving the royal palace, prince Siddhartha practiced austerities from five ascetic followers but later realized that he couldn't find any meaning and truth regarding the ultimate meaning of life, death and rebirth. Even though he realized that nothing could be gained from these austerities but these practices made him so weak and sat under the Bodhi tree of Bodh Gaya. So he realized that he would rather meditate than practice such austerities.

Later he was offered rice and milk by a local girl named Sujata who was passing the young prince. After receiving such offerings from Sujata, Lord Buddha realized that he would meditate under the Bodhi tree until he attained the Enlightenment. The offering made by Sujata can be considered the turning point in the realization of Nirvana by Gautama Buddha. Thus Bodh Gaya was considered as one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world and the other three being Lumbini(birth of Buddha), Sarnath(First teachings of Buddha) and Kushinagar(death of Buddha).

Another important tale also took place in Bodh Gaya. When Lord Buddha attained Nirvana, Mara who is a demon of illusion, tried to distract Lord Buddha so that he couldn't attained the ultimate truths of life, death and rebirth. Then Lord Buddha touch the earth and call the witness i.e. sometimes it is said that the witness was Goddess earth where as sometimes it is said that the witness were thousands lifetimes of virtues which led him to attained such truth. This poses is defined as Earth touching Mudra and there are different styles of Buddha statues in Buddhist sculptures. Thus when the witness was called upon, Lord Buddha broke through the illusion laid by Mara demon, and Mara demon along with his demon army fled from Gautama Buddha.

Important Places in Bodh Gaya

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  1. MahaBodhi Temple
    One of the few most interesting places to visit in Bodh Gaya is Mahabodhi temple, which is believed to be constructed by Emperor Ahoska during his reign in India. It is believed that Mahabodhi Temple is the place where Enlightenment took place. Even though the actual relic may not be found in Mahabodhi temple, but the construction of monastery with diamond shaped throne shrine shows the importance of Mahabodhi temple. Inside the temple there are many Buddha images, Nepal Tibet Buddha statues that represent the Nirvana attained by Lord Buddha. And there is a colossal Buddha image inside the temple which is depicted in Bhumisparsha mudra (i.e. earth touching mudra) and is believed to be 1700 years old. The interesting part of this colossal Buddha statue is that it is facing east where Lord Buddha was in meditation mudra while his back was under the Bodhi Tree. Indian Buddhism have inflluenced many traditions of Buddhism and Buddhist sculptures in other Buddhist tradtion, i.e. Burmese Buddha statues, Nepali Buddha statues, Thai Buddha statue, Tibetan Buddha statue etc.
  2. Bodhi Tree
    Bodhi Tree is the tree where Lord Buddha sat and attained Enlightenment after six years of hardship and meditation. Bodhi Tree is another important feature in Bodh Gaya and can be found near MahaBodhi temple. It is said that wife of Ashoka Emperor cut down the tree and the present Bodhi tree is the descendent of the original. Hundreds and thousands of Buddhists devout come to Bodh gaya in order to pay homage and respects to MahaBodhi temple and bodhi tree especially, Buddha Purnima when Lord Buddha attained Nirvana.

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Bodh Gaya was the turning point in the life of Lord Buddha as well as inspiration to many Buddhist traditions in the world. In 2002, Mahabodhi temple of Bodh Gaya was announced UNESCO World Heritage Site. Aside from Bodh Gaya, Buddhist pilgrimage sites of other Buddhist countries are quite popular in western cultures as well as all the Buddhist devout and most of them are announced World Heritage Sites By UNESCO such as Potala Palace, Sukothai, Bouddhanath Stupa, Bagan etc. Potala Palace is one of the most popular Buddhist pilgrimage sites besides Bodh Gaya, since it is the residence of Dalai Lama.

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Old bronze Jambhala statue

Old bronze Jambhala statue

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Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

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Very early Jain statue with inscriptions

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Bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha statue

Bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha statue

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Very special bronze Burmese Buddha statue

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Old bronze Nepali Ganesha statue

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Old wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha

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Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

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Old bronze Nepali Green Tara

Old bronze Nepali Green Tara

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Special antique marble Jain statue

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Old red Burmese offering vessel

Old red Burmese offering vessel

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Special antique bronze Shan Buddha statue

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Old marble Hanuman statue

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Old bronze Burmese Buddha statue

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Antique wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

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Old bronze Manjushri statue

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Old bronze nepali Ganesha statue

Old bronze nepali Ganesha statue

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Old bronze Nepali Lokeshwor statue

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Old bronze Parvati statue

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Old bronze Nepali White Tara statue

Old bronze Nepali White Tara statue

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Antique marble Ganesha statue

Antique marble Ganesha statue

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Old marble Burmese Buddha statue

Old marble Burmese Buddha statue

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Old Burmese Buddha statue

Old Burmese Buddha statue

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Pair of old marble lion statues

Pair of old marble lion statues

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Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

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Special antique Ivory Japanese Zushi shrine

Special antique Ivory Japanese Zushi shrine

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Antique bronze Thai Sukhothai Buddha statue

Antique bronze Thai Sukhothai Buddha statue

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Antique ivory Japanese figure

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Old wooden Burmese Monk statue

Old wooden Burmese Monk statue

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Old wooden Burmese Throne

Old wooden Burmese Throne

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