Mahabodhi Temple, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bodh Gaya, India
Among the world heritage sites in India, Mahabodi Temple is one of the most old and ancient land mark of the country which history goes back to 200 year before the ruling era of the great Buddhist ruler Asoka.
The temple has a wide significance and importance not only historically but also religiously and culturally.
It is located in Bodh Gaya in the Patna area in India in its state called Bihar. It is the main spot of the Buddhism about which it has been considered that this is the area where the Buddha got enlightenment and discovered the true meaning of life and the universe.
The Mahabodi Temple shows the religiously history of Buddhism which includes all its ups and downs in India but the basic fact about the temple shows the strength and hold of the Buddhism in early ages of India.
The temple is standing along with the holy tree of the Buddhists which is called Bodhi tree whose history is that the Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree while mediating. The constructing style of the temple has been considered as the oldest style by the archaeologists.
It is a square construction on the ground on which five towers are standing with a 55 meter high in center surrounded by four small ones.
Foe the construction of the walls red stone and granite had been used and the walls are having the sculptures of the Hindu Goddess and the sun.
It has faced much destruction which is connected with the fall and emerging of the Buddhism in India.
It got declination in the situation when the Muslim invader Muhammad Bin Qasim invaded India which gave the result of the downfall of the Buddhism and also it was disturbed when the Turkish Muslim captured the area.
It was restored once during the Burmese period ad once during the British rule on India.