Sealing Depicting the Buddha at the Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya
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It is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists, as it is believed to be the place where Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment under a bodhi tree. The temple complex includes the famous Bodhi tree, a meditation garden and several other shrines and temples. Mahabodhi Temple was first built by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC, but the current structure dates from the 5th-6th century BC. The temple is built in the style of Indian rock-cut architecture and features intricate carvings and sculptures depicting scenes from the life of Buddha. The temple's main attraction is the Bodhi Tree, believed to be a direct descendant of the original tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment. Pilgrims from all over the world come to visit the temple and meditate under the Bodhi tree. The Mahabodhi Temple was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. The temple complex is open to visitors every day from sunrise to sunset and there is no entrance fee. However, visitors must dress modestly and remove their shoes before entering the temple.