Mahabodhi overview
Region Asia : India : Settlements
Latitude 24.695898 N suggest info
Longitude 84.99152169 E
Status Accurate location
Info Buddhist temple, the location where Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment.

Traditional accounts say that, around 530 BCE, Siddhartha Gautama, a young Indian Prince who saw the suffering of the world and wanted to end it, reached the sylvan banks of Falgu River, near the city of Gaya, India. There he sat in meditation under a peepul tree, which later became known as the Bodhi tree. According to Buddhist scriptures, after three days and three nights, Siddharta attained enlightenment and the answers that he had sought.

In approximately 250 BCE, about 200 years after the Buddha attained enlightenment, Buddhist Emperor Asoka visited Bodh Gaya with the intention of establishing a monastery and shrine. As part of the temple, he built the diamond throne (called the Vajrasana), attempting to mark the exact spot of the Buddha's enlightenment, was established. Asoka is considered the founder of the Mahabodhi Temple. The present temple dates from the 5th-6th century CE.
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24.695898, 84.991522 === 24.695898 N, 84.991522 E === 24° 41' 45.2" N, 84° 59' 29.5" E
Nearest sites Vaishali, circa 147 km (91.4 mi) north
Nalanda, circa 66.9 km (41.6 mi) north-east
Varanasi, Benares, circa 213.1 km (132.4 mi) west
Ayodhya, circa 364.3 km (226.4 mi) north-west
Pratisthana, Pishtapuram, Paithan, circa 317.8 km (197.5 mi) west
Maya Devi, circa 352.8 km (219.2 mi) north-west
Kosambi, circa 370.3 km (230.1 mi) west
Miran, circa 1658.3 km (1030.4 mi) north
Jiaohe, circa 2063.8 km (1282.4 mi) north
Udayagiri, circa 469.4 km (291.7 mi) south
Ratnagiri, circa 471.4 km (292.9 mi) south
Lalitgiri, circa 474.5 km (294.8 mi) south
Database ID 2276, created 16 Apr 2012, 21:59, Last changed 16 Apr 2012, 21:59