About Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya today is the most important pilgrimage for Buddhists. Here as you wander around the Mahabodhi Temple or sit and meditate before the vajrasana, the diamond throne that stands under the Bodhi tree, you are at the place where the story of Buddhism began all those centuries ago. Bodh Gaya has been declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

It is a serene and peaceful place. The air is redolent with the perfume of incense as shaven headed monks clad in saffron or maroon and nuns in white robes wander past twirling their prayer wheels, softly chanting “Buddham Sharanam Gacchami” to the beat of gongs and bells. In the lawns pilgrims sit in quiet corners among the small votive stupas absorbed in meditation as the multicoloured prayer flags snap in the breeze. The spirit of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha still permeates the atmosphere at Bodh Gaya.

The history of Buddhism begins at this hallowed place that was once a small village called Uruvela and is today the world famous site of Bodh Gaya. A Buddhist pilgrim’s journey of discovery has to begin from here.

  • At Uruvela

    After leaving his kingdom of Kapilavastu, Prince Siddhartha Gautama wandered around present day Bihar for four years seeking answers to his spiritual quest. Finally...

  • Final Enlightenment

    On the forty ninth day, the day of the full moon of the month of Baisakh, Siddhartha finally gained the insight that he had...

  • Bodh Gaya – After Parinirvana of Buddha

    The history of Bodh Gaya after the parinirvana of the Buddha is a story of kings, scholars, Chinese travellers and the merciless destruction of...

  • The Mahabodhi Mahavihara

    This temple symbolises the far reaching power of Buddhism. The temple is 52 metres high and built of brick and stucco with a soaring...

  • The Bodhi Tree

    For forty nine days Siddhartha sat under a peepal tree on a bed of kusha grass and reached into the depths of his mind...

  • Monasteries

    The people of India forgot the Buddha but he was worshipped n the countries where Buddhism had spread – like China, Tibet, Sri Lanka...

  • Festivals in Bodh Gaya

    The day of Buddha Purnima is said to be thrice blessed. It is the day when Prince Siddhartha Gautama was born. It is the...

  • Travelling to Bodh Gaya

    Bodh Gaya is in the north Indian state of Bihar. The other Buddhist pilgrimages in the state are Rajgir, Nalanda and Vaishali. BY ROAD...