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Published on Feb 10, 2009
Mahabodhi Temple is located in Bodhgaya in Gaya district of Bihar. Constructed of brick, the temple is surrounded on all four sides by stone railings, about two metres high. The railings reveal two distinct types, both in style as well as the materials used. This is the place where Buddha attained enlightenment. Buddhist Emperor Asoka visited Bodh Gaya with the intention of establishing a monastery and shrine. As part of the temple, he built the diamond throne (called the Vajrasana), attempting to mark the exact spot of where the Buddha's enlightenment was established. It is one of the oldest brick structures to have survived in eastern India.