Nitish and Kejriwal offer prayers at Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya

Bodhgaya, August 27 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is on a one-day visit to Bihar, on Thursday, visited the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya. Kejriwal was accompanied by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Both the leaders visited the Buddhist shrine and offered prayers to Lord Buddha. The two leaders also meditated sitting beside the historic Mahabodhi Tree, where Lord Buddha had attained enlightenment. The Mahabodhi Temple complex is located in Bodh Gaya, the place where Lord Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment. The central stupa or dome of the temple rises 187 feet above the ground of the ancient temple which is believed to have been built nearly 1500 years ago. An ancient pipal tree, Ficus religiosa or sacred fig, grows at the back of the temple, said to be a descendent of the one Buddha sat under for three days and nights in the sixth century BC, before finding the answers he sought under a full moon. In the year 2002, the UNESCO declared Mahabodhi Temple as a World Heritage Site.

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