Off Season Tourist - India Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta
Two weeks in India, 2003 Notes from the Off Season Tourist
Bodh Gaya
Where Buddha gained his enlightenment

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Bodh Gaya is a small town in Gaya district of Bihar in India. It is the place where Shakyamani Gautama Buddha reached enlightenment. Since early in the history of Buddhism it has been a sacred place of pilgrimage and attracted pilgrims from all over the Buddhist world.

The main focus of activity is the tree under which the Buddha gained enlightenment, the temple next to the tree, and the sacred complex surrounding the tree and temple. Every year thousands of pilgrims from every Buddhist country in the world visit this sacred site.

What does it mean to gain enlightenment? If you're curious about the details, you can visit, the original Buddhist information and education network. It does a good job of explaining Buddhism and the history of what happened at Bodh Gaya.

shrines Julie in the sun temple Julie near the Bodhi Tree

The statue of the very large Buddha is over 25 meters tall. It's the Great Buddha Statue created in the Japanese Kamakura style and was unveiled by his holiness Dalai Lama in 1989.

statue head
full statue
marcus at buddha statue marcus at hotel julie with a fun beer

marcus at the temple Julie at the temple

Resting on the train home Waiting at the station Still resting on the train

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