image of Buddha. The present temple has been
restored to its past glory.
Japanese Temple - The Japanese temple
with a blue tiled roof is enormous, and under
a canopied ceiling, where the Buddha contemplates his
visitors. The large complex of the international
societies in Bodhgaya, it houses offices, study
areas, library and rooms for visitors.
temple - The temple in the Tibetan monastery
with sloping tiled roofs has a huge Dharma Chakra or wheel of Law. Legend has it that anyone rotating
this heavy wheel three times in succession will
be freed of all sin.
Bhutani, Burmese &
Chinese temples - With its conventional
architecture the Bhutanese temple lies in a
beautifully landscaped garden while the Burmese
temple is shaped like a pagoda, reminiscent
of Pagan, the city of five thousand pagodas.
The Chinese have built a temple too. White in
colour, its architecture is a blend of traditional
Chinese and Indian styles. The fine Buddha statue
inside is said to have come from China two
centuries ago. Across the dried bed of the Niranjan
River nearby is a sacred spot Sujatha Sthane.
Here Sujatha, a young village woman offered
prince Siddhartha a bowl of rice gruel after
which he gave up penance and took to the middle
On Buddha Jayanti, Buddha's birth anniversary,
Buddhists from all over the world join together
at Bodhgaya to offer their prayers.
Magadha University - This is an ancient center for studying history,
culture and philosophy.