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Temples & Legends Of Bihar
Index Of Bihar Kulapati's Preface
Preface Author
Phulher Ma Paudi
Benusagar Mandar Hill
Sultanganj Konch
Mundesvari Parasnath
Vaisali Nalanda
Patan Devi Aranya Devi
Shahabad Sonepur
Uchaitha Kurkihar
Masarh Maheshi
Jagarnathpur Harmandir
Deoghar Singheshwarsthan
Mahabodhi  
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MAHABODHI

The Mahabodhi Vihara, commonly known as Bodh Gaya temple is square at the base and cylindrical in body shape. At the four corners there are four towers which are similar to the main tower in the middle. There is a vaulted passage through which one has to go to the shrine. The shrine has a massive image of the Buddha in a sitting posture. The statue is of black stone but has now been gilded by pilgrims from Tibet. It is said that the image has been set up in the very position where Lord Buddha sat determined not to get up until he had obtained supreme Enlightenment.

The temple is about 170 feet high on a 48 feet square base. On all sides of the temple are numerous niches and beautiful engravings and fine sculptured images of the Buddha.There are various theories as to when the temple was built. According to some, Asoka built the Mahabodhi Vihara. Fa-Hien supported this theory when he Visited Bodh Gaya area. A fuller description of Bodh Gaya is found in the writings of Hieun-Tsang who came later.A scrutiny of Fa-Hien's description throws doubts if he actually found a big temple at its present site.

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