Bodh Gaya: 2 definitions

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Bodh Gaya or Bodhgaya is a city in Gaya district in the Indian state of Bihar. It is famous for being the place of Gautama Buddhas attainment of nirvana (Enlightenment).

Historically, it was known as the Bodhimanda (ground around the Bodhi tree), Uruvela, Sambodhi, Vajrasana and Mahabodhi. The name Bodh Gaya did not come into use until the 18th century. The main monastery of Bodhgaya used to be called the Bodhimanda vihara (Pali). Now it is called the Mahabodhi Temple.

For Buddhists, Bodh Gaya is the most important of the main four pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha, the other three being Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath. In 2002, Mahabodhi Temple, located in Bodh Gaya, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Source: Buddhism Tourism: Glossary of Buddhist Terms

A city in Bihar state of India where prince Siddharta attained enlightenment.

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