In the presence of serenity, sanctity and beauty at Bodhgaya; Sanjiva Wijesinha; Sunday Times
Built in the third century BC by Indian Emperor Ashoka, the temple complex of Bodhgaya (or Buddhagaya as we know it in our country) in India’s Bihar state is a sacred site for the world’s 300 million Buddhists
It was at this very spot over 2500 years ago that one of the world’s great religions came into being – when the Indian prince Gauthama Siddhartha attained enlightenment and became The Buddha. After spending many days in meditation beneath a Bodhi tree at this site, he attained enlightenment when he realised the answer to the fundamental questions about why suffering existed in the world and how it could be eradicated.
Today the Mahabodhi temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site, stands at the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment – a shrine of ancient origin but much rebuilt and restored over the centuries.
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