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Mahabodhi Temple

One of the highlights of the religious township of Bodh Gaya, the shrine is constructed around the original Bodhi Tree in the 7th century AD. The ancient temple was destroyed during the Muslim invasion in 11th century. The current structure restored I 1880 has been renovated several times in yesteryears. At present, the shrine is maintained by Archaeological Survey of India.

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Bodhi Tree

One of the chief revered locations, is believed to be the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. The tree is believed to be the sapling of original Bodhi tree, which was taken away by King Ashoka’s daughter to Sri Lanka.

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Kesaria

This Stupa is in fact one of the many memorable stupa remarkable event in the life of Lord Buddha. Kesaria has a lofty brick mound capped by a solid brick tower of considerable size, which itself is the remain of a Buddhist Stupa. The mound is a ruin with a diameter of 68 feet at its base ad a total height of 5Ft. Originally it was crowned by a pinnacle which must have stood 80 or 90 ft. above the ground.

General Cunningham dated this monument to AD 200 to 700, and held that it was built upon the ruins of a much older and larger Stupa.

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Great Buddha Statue

Standing at an elevation of 80 ft., it is one of the religious and spiritual monuments associated with Lord Buddha Bodh Gaya.

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Sujata Kutti

During his six years of practicing meditation, Lord Buddha lost all his possessions including clothes and the faithful yet disappointed followers. The Uruvela’s village chief (Senani) daughter, Sujata offered honey and a dish of milk rice to the Lord, considered the first grains eaten by him after six years of adversity. In memory and honor of Sujata, a Stupa named Sujata Kutti.

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The Dungeshwari Cave Temples

 Also known as the Mahakala caves, these are located 12 kms. Northeast of Bodhgaya. Lord Buddha underwent years of penance here before he descended to Bodhgaya. A path across the river and up to the temples is 9km. from Bodhgaya on the road to Gaya. There are three main caves containing Hindu and Buddhist shrines.

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Animesh Lochan Chaitya

Animesh Lochan Chaitya, meaning open eyes, is one of the prime places connected with Lord Buddha's enlightenment process. Legend has it that Buddha spent seven days (the second week of his enlightenment) here looking at the great Bodhi Tree, without blinking his eyes even once. Holding immense religious significance, the place is also known as the Jewel Walk as Buddha spent another week walking between Animesh Lochan Chaitya and Bodhi Tree.