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Bodh Gaya, India



The Bodhi Tree
Creative Commons AttributionThe Bodhi Tree - Credit: Man Bartlett
Located in the Indian state of Bihar, Bodh Gaya is the place where Buddha attained enlightenment and is hence the holiest of the four main Buddhist pilgrimage destinations. The two major sacred sites in Bodh Gaya are the Mahabodhi Temple and the Bodhi Tree, around which many other temples and monasteries of various Buddhist traditions have been built.



The Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya is a descendant of the tree under which Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment after 49 days of meditation. The Mahabodhi Temple is a sacred stupa that marks the site of the Buddha's enlightenment and dates from the 2nd century AD but has been restored over the years.