Bodh Gaya is the place of enlightenment of the Buddha in India. Bodh Gaya or Mahabodhi Temple (बोधगया) is a term for a prominent Buddhist group in the Indian with state of Bihar. It is one of the four most important Buddhist sites. Buddhists are the most important place around the world. As Maha Bodhi Temple is now in charge of the Buddhist-Hindu Joint Commission.
The temple located on the western side of the Neran River of India. It is about 350 meters from the Vajradhara and symbol of the pagoda is a large rectangular body. The pagoda is about 51 meters height and base is around 121.29 meters surrounded by antiquities. Important sites such as Phra Sri Maha Pho. Phra Tha Wachira The Enlightenment Stamp and anemis pagoda, etc., in addition to ancient Buddhist.
Buddhism is one of the most important destinations for Buddhist pilgrims around the world who wish to worship one of the four major Buddhist centers. In 2002, Maha Bodhi Temple of Buddhagaya is enlightenment place and been registered as a World Heritage Site (Cultural heritage Of the UNESCO).
For seven days after the Enlightenment, the Buddha continued to meditate under the Bodhi tree without moving from his seat. During the second week he practiced walking meditation. A jewel walk, Chankramanar, was built as a low platform adorned with nineteen lotuses which are parallel to the Maha Bodhi temple on its north side. For another week the Buddha contemplated the Bodhi tree. In this place a stupa was built called Animeschalochana situated to the north of the Chankramanar.
On the back of the main temple situated to the west (see picture) there is an ancient pipal tree Ficus religiosa or Bodhi tree. It was under this tree that Gautama sat for enlightenment. The present tree is considered only as the descendant of the original tree. There is a tradition that Ashoka’s wife had it secretly cut down because she became jealous of the time Ashoka spent there. But it grew again and a protective wall was also built at the time. Many sacred trees in India and other countries are originally raised from seeds brought from the ancient Bodh Gaya tree. A shoot of the original Bodhi tree was taken to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century B.C. by Bhikkhuni Sangamitta, daughter of Ashoka, where the Lankan king Devanampiyatissa planted it at the Mahavihara monastery in Anuradhapura where it still flourishes today. While the Vajrasana was the specific site of the enlightenment, the Bodhi tree, closely linked to the Buddha’s accomplishment, became a central focus of devotion early in the history of the Sangha. Pilgrims sought the Bodhi Tree’s seeds and leaves as blessings for their monasteries and homes.
Around the Bodhi tree and the Mahbodhi temple there are quadrangular stone railings around 0.2m high with four bars including the top piece. These are of two types and can be distinguished from each other in style and material used. The older set is dated to about 150 BC and made of sandstone while the latter set is probably of the Gupta period (300-600 AD) and constructed from course granite. The older set has a number of designs representing scenes from the purchase of Jetavana by Ananthapindika at Sravasti, Lakshmi being bathed by elephants, Surya riding a chariot drawn by four horses, etc. On the latter set there are figures of stupas, Garudas, etc. In most of these railings lotus motifs are commonly used. credit by buddhanet.net