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Mahabodhi Temple  
The Buddhist Path begins with Faith, then Knowledge, then Experience, and finally Wisdom. Since the Path begins with faith, which can include devotion to the Buddha, in appreciation for the teachings, a good practice to complete some time in your life, is a pilgrimage to Bodh Gaya. This is the place in India where the Buddha attained enlightenment.

This should only be done if you have the time and financial resources to do so. But if you do, it is a valuable devotional practice, which can include knowledge, experience, and wisdom too.

The Buddha sat in meditation under the Bodhi tree and attained enlightenment in the year 528 B.C. The Maha Bodhi temple marks this spot. The original Bodhi tree was destroyed and the current one next to the Maha Bodhi temple is a descendant of the original. The original tree was located at the spot of the main Buddha statue in the Maha Bodhi temple, making the temple truly the most sacred spot in Buddhism.

Get A Free Quote The Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya and also regularly went back there for seclusion, for more meditation, a sort of retreat place for him. “Bhikkhus, I wish to go into seclusion for three months. I should not be approached by anyone. The when those three months had passed, the Blessed One emerged from seclusion and addressed the bhikkhus thus: Bhikkhus, I have been dwelling in part of the abode in which I dwelt just after I became fully enlightened.”