Bodhgaya
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Bodhgaya
History remembers Bodh Gaya as Bodhimanda and the main monastery as the Bodhi manda-vihra (Pali). Being one of the four most important sites related to the life of Gautama (Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath complete the quadrate).The present city is a historians',tourists' and religious minded people's delight and is replete with numerous places and monuments that have a direct bond with the enlightened Prince. The area remained the hotbed for Buddhism upto the 13th century till it was con-quered by the Turks.The peeks of the history shows at around 6th century BC When once prince Siddhartha gave up all material possession and,after practicing rigorous act of self-mortification for years, attained Enlightenment or Nirvana under a Bodhi (Bo) tree and started spreading the message of love and peace. Later the place where Gautama Buddha was enlightened got highlighted by the great Mauryan ruler King Ashoka who built a shrine here and soon was known all over the world as the Mahabodhi temple.
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