Giant Buddha - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting
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About Giant Buddha
The Giant Buddha statue is one of the many stops in the Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist routes in Bodhgaya, Bihar. The statue is 19.507 m high in meditation pose or dhyana mudra seated on a lotus in open air. The total height of the architecture is 80 ft with a statue of 64 ft, lotus on which statue sits is of 6ft and the lower pedestal is of 10ft. It took seven years to complete with the help of 12,000 masons.
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Thai Temple and monastry
0.93km from Giant Buddha
The only Thai temple in India, Thai Monastery of Bodhgaya was built by a Monarch of Thailand in 1956. The then Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru requested for the construction of this temple here to strengthen relations of the two countries and spread the teachings of Buddha in India. Sloping and curved roof of the edifice is covered with golden tiles is an insignia of Thai architecture.
1.11km from Giant Buddha
Bodhi tree is a large and ancient sacred fig tree located in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India, under which Siddhartha Gautama, the spiritual teacher who became known as the Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment or Bodhi. In religious iconography, the Bodhi Tree is recognizable by its heart-shaped leaves, which are usually prominently displayed.
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The Mahabodhi Temple a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an ancient, but much rebuilt and restored, Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya, marking the location where the Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment. Bodh Gaya is about 96 km from Patna, Bihar state, India.
2.32km from Giant Buddha
Sujata Stupa, also Sujata Kuti stupa or Sujata Garh, is a Buddhist stupa located in the village of Senanigrama slightly east of Bodh Gaya in the state of Bihar, India. It lies directly across the Phalgu River from the town of Bodh Gaya, where Gautama Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment. It is a walk of about 20 minutes, from Bodh Gaya to Sujata Stupa. It was initially built in the 2nd century BCE as confirmed by finds of Dark Grey polished wares and a punch-marked coin in the monastery
10.05km from Giant Buddha
Vishnupada Mandir is an ancient temple in Gaya, India. It is a Hindu temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple is located along the Falgu River, marked by a footprint of Lord Vishnu known as Dharmasila, incised into a block of basalt. Atop the structure is a 50-kilo gold flag, donated by a devotee, Gayapal Panda Bal Govind Sen.
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The Barabar Hill Caves are the oldest surviving rock-cut caves in India, dating from the Maurya Empire, some with Ashokan inscriptions, located in the Makhdumpur region of Jehanabad district, Bihar, India, These caves are situated in the twin hills of Barabar.
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