Bodh Gaya: The Birthplace of Buddhism

Written By

My Siwan

Bodh Gaya, a Buddhist pilgrimage site in Gaya District, Bihar, India, is famous for the Mahabodhi Temple, where Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bodh Gaya is bustling with pilgrims from India and abroad throughout the year.

They come to pay their homage at the Mahabodhi Temple, monasteries, temples, and remnants of the Bodhi tree.

Located near the Neranjana River, Bodh Gaya was earlier known as Uruwela. It was also known as Sambodhi, Vajrasana, or Mahabodhi until the 18th century CE.

It is one of the four important Buddhist pilgrimage sites, along with Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath.

Foreign countries, including Japan and China, have helped the Indian government build facilities for Buddhist pilgrims in Bodh Gaya.

Bodh Gaya is a town in the state of Bihar, India, located about 90 km from the state capital, Patna. 

Bodh Gaya is home to the Mahabodhi Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This temple is believed to have been built in the 5th or 6th century AD by Emperor Ashoka.