Mahabodhi Temple

Mahabodhi Temple


Mahabodhi Pagoda was built by King Nantaungmya during 1211-1234. The pyramidal spire, covered in niches which enclose seated Buddha figures, rises from a square block. The temple is said to be built as the temple of Bodhgaya in India. It was taken the idea which commemorates the spot where the Buddha attained enlightenment, Stupas of this nature only appeared during the Late Bagan period; they were most common in the city of Salay further south.

Mahabodhi Temple similar to the Mahabodhi in Bodhgaya, India

The Buddha image inside Mahabodhi Temple

Detail of niches near the base of one of the corners.

One of the seven sacred places where the Lord Buddha after enlightenment

Horizontal bands of niches

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