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Bodh Gaya

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As one of the four most important pilgrimage sites in the world, Bodh Gaya is the important place where Gautama Buddha attained the ultimate truth i.e. Nirvana. Bodh Gaya is also associated with other important Buddhist sculptures and sites such as Bodhi tree, Mahabodhi temple and is located in the state of India. Bodh Gaya is the symbol of starting point of Buddhism and the place where young prince Siddhartha from Lumbini found the ultimate truth by attaining Enlightenment and it is also the place where Gautama Buddha decided to teach every living beings about the knowledge that he gained through Nirvana.

Indian Buddhism is considered as the ancient Buddhist tradition that influence many other Buddhist tradition in various Asian Buddhist countries such as Nepal Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism. Many Buddhist styles and arts in various Asian countries are influenced directly or indirectly by Indian Buddhism.

History

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After leaving the royal palace, prince Siddhartha practiced austerities from five ascetic followers but later realized that he couldn't find any meaning and truth regarding the ultimate meaning of life, death and rebirth. Even though he realized that nothing could be gained from these austerities but these practices made him so weak and sat under the Bodhi tree of Bodh Gaya. So he realized that he would rather meditate than practice such austerities.

Later he was offered rice and milk by a local girl named Sujata who was passing the young prince. After receiving such offerings from Sujata, Lord Buddha realized that he would meditate under the Bodhi tree until he attained the Enlightenment. The offering made by Sujata can be considered the turning point in the realization of Nirvana by Gautama Buddha. Thus Bodh Gaya was considered as one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world and the other three being Lumbini(birth of Buddha), Sarnath(First teachings of Buddha) and Kushinagar(death of Buddha).

Another important tale also took place in Bodh Gaya. When Lord Buddha attained Nirvana, Mara who is a demon of illusion, tried to distract Lord Buddha so that he couldn't attained the ultimate truths of life, death and rebirth. Then Lord Buddha touch the earth and call the witness i.e. sometimes it is said that the witness was Goddess earth where as sometimes it is said that the witness were thousands lifetimes of virtues which led him to attained such truth. This poses is defined as Earth touching Mudra and there are different styles of Buddha statues in Buddhist sculptures. Thus when the witness was called upon, Lord Buddha broke through the illusion laid by Mara demon, and Mara demon along with his demon army fled from Gautama Buddha.

Important Places in Bodh Gaya

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  1. MahaBodhi Temple
    One of the few most interesting places to visit in Bodh Gaya is Mahabodhi temple, which is believed to be constructed by Emperor Ahoska during his reign in India. It is believed that Mahabodhi Temple is the place where Enlightenment took place. Even though the actual relic may not be found in Mahabodhi temple, but the construction of monastery with diamond shaped throne shrine shows the importance of Mahabodhi temple. Inside the temple there are many Buddha images, Nepal Tibet Buddha statues that represent the Nirvana attained by Lord Buddha. And there is a colossal Buddha image inside the temple which is depicted in Bhumisparsha mudra (i.e. earth touching mudra) and is believed to be 1700 years old. The interesting part of this colossal Buddha statue is that it is facing east where Lord Buddha was in meditation mudra while his back was under the Bodhi Tree. Indian Buddhism have inflluenced many traditions of Buddhism and Buddhist sculptures in other Buddhist tradtion, i.e. Burmese Buddha statues, Nepali Buddha statues, Thai Buddha statue, Tibetan Buddha statue etc.
  2. Bodhi Tree
    Bodhi Tree is the tree where Lord Buddha sat and attained Enlightenment after six years of hardship and meditation. Bodhi Tree is another important feature in Bodh Gaya and can be found near MahaBodhi temple. It is said that wife of Ashoka Emperor cut down the tree and the present Bodhi tree is the descendent of the original. Hundreds and thousands of Buddhists devout come to Bodh gaya in order to pay homage and respects to MahaBodhi temple and bodhi tree especially, Buddha Purnima when Lord Buddha attained Nirvana.

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Bodh Gaya was the turning point in the life of Lord Buddha as well as inspiration to many Buddhist traditions in the world. In 2002, Mahabodhi temple of Bodh Gaya was announced UNESCO World Heritage Site. Aside from Bodh Gaya, Buddhist pilgrimage sites of other Buddhist countries are quite popular in western cultures as well as all the Buddhist devout and most of them are announced World Heritage Sites By UNESCO such as Potala Palace, Sukothai, Bouddhanath Stupa, Bagan etc. Potala Palace is one of the most popular Buddhist pilgrimage sites besides Bodh Gaya, since it is the residence of Dalai Lama.

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Large antique wooden Mandalay Buddha statue

Large antique wooden Mandalay Buddha statue

1,250 euro
Antique Thai bronze Rattanakosin Buddha

Antique Thai bronze Rattanakosin Buddha

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Pair antique Burmese Nat statues

Pair antique Burmese Nat statues

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High quality Nepali bronze Buddha statue

High quality Nepali bronze Buddha statue

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Old bronze Nepali Padmasambhava statue

Old bronze Nepali Padmasambhava statue

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Special antique bronze Shan Buddha

Special antique bronze Shan Buddha

Antique bronze Thai Buddha statue

Antique bronze Thai Buddha statue

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Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

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Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

700 euro
Antique bronze Mandalay Buddha statue

Antique bronze Mandalay Buddha statue

850 euro
Antique bronze Thai monk statue

Antique bronze Thai monk statue

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Old bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha statue

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Special Burmese crowned Buddha statue

Special Burmese crowned Buddha statue

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Antique Thai Buddha on Naga snake

Antique Thai Buddha on Naga snake

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Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

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Early antique Burmese Buddha statue

Early antique Burmese Buddha statue

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Antique bronze Thai Monk statue

Antique bronze Thai Monk statue

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Special large bronze Buddha statue

Special large bronze Buddha statue

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Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

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Antique Burmese Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Buddha statue

125 euro
Antique Burmese crowned Buddha statue

Antique Burmese crowned Buddha statue

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Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

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Large old teakwooden Buddha statue

Large old teakwooden Buddha statue

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Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

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12th century Terracotta Bagan Tablet

12th century Terracotta Bagan Tablet

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Antique Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

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Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

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New bronze Nepali Buddha statue

New bronze Nepali Buddha statue

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Large old wooden Burmese Buddha

Large old wooden Burmese Buddha

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Old bronze Nepali Manjushri statue

Old bronze Nepali Manjushri statue

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