Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Monday, February 26, 2024




Name of the place






Reason for sanctity

It is the birthplace of Gautama Buddha and also where he received enlightenment. Mahabodhi Temple is the site of Siddhartha's original Bodhi tree, along with a golden image of the Buddha. Vishnu Pada temple is the most important temple in Gaya.

Special features (if any)

It is an important centre of pilgrimage for Buddhist. Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. The first great Buddhist emperor Asoka, marked it off with a railing and officially revered the tree.