Bodh Gaya, the place of Lord Buddha's enlightenment, is one of the four holiest places for the Buddhists. It was Bodh Gaya, which quietly witnessed a common young man turning into a 'Buddha'. Since the time of His enlightenment, Bodh Gaya has been a vibrant centre of faith for the sangha, Buddhists and Lamas along with people of other faiths as well.
- Vajrasana : Vajrasana is a red sandstone slab under the Bodhi
tree, also known as Diamond throne where the Buddha is believed to have
meditated and attain enlightenment.
- Chankramanar : Chankramanar is a low platform adorned with
nineteen lotuses which are parallel to the Maha Bodhi temple on its
north side. It is also known as the Jewel walk, as the Buddha practiced
walking meditation over here in the second week after His enlightenment.
A stupa, Animeschalochana, was also built at this place to the north of
- The Maha Bodhi Temple : The temple, named after the Buddha, is a sacred place for the Buddhists in Bodh Gaya. A symbol of the great Indian architecture, the temple stands in front of the Bodhi tree as if paying homage to the divine place.
AccessibilityThe Bodhi tree, situated in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, can easily be reached. Bodh Gaya is at a distance of 100 Kilometers from Patna, the state capital of Bihar. One can reach the place by rail, road or air conveniently. Gaya, 12 kilometers away from Bodgh Gaya, is the main access station to reach Bodh Gaya. By airways, it is connected directly to other Buddhist countries like Colombo and Bangkok. Gaya has an important rail head with services from other parts of India. Gaya and BodhGaya, both are well connected by a proper road network to other major cities of India and Nepal such as Patna and Ranchi(the state capital of Jharkhand). BodhGaya is connected to Gaya by regular and frequent transport services and can easily be reached within half an hour by covering a minimal distance of 12 kilometers.
Best Months to VisitThe sacred Bodhi tree can be seen throughout the year. But due to the pleasant whether from October to March, its the best time to visit the place.