Mahabodhi Temple is the main attraction of Bodhgaya for tourists and pilgrims alike. According to some scriptures, this is where Siddharta Gautama or Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.
Mahabodi Temple is just around 10-15 minute walk if you’re staying in Temple street. It’s quite easy to find as you’ll find a lot of small souvenir shops and hordes of people lining up to get inside the Mahabodhi Temple.
The temple itself is a majestic structure (especially at sunset). It is said to have been built as early as 5th or 6th century by King Asoka. The temple also underwent restoration around the 1880s.
Here are some pictures of the Mahabodhi Temple
Yup, Under this Bodhi Tree
Here are a few tips to remember when visiting Mahabodhi Temple:
1. There seems to be some freelancing tour guides that will approach you if you want a guided tour. This is optional.
2. Shoes are not allowed inside the temple. There’s a free shoe locker facility at the entrance.
3. There’s a fee for still cameras and video cameras (although they’re not checking which one you’re carrying). It’s up to you to declare which one you have. The fee for still camera is cheaper.
4. Please observe silence once inside the temple complex as there are people meditating in the temple grounds.
5. Do not go at noon time as it can be very hot (remember that yo’ll walk barefooted on the temple grounds).