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It is divided into two sub-divisions; the principal section which contains the Temple and six of the sacred spots, while the secondary section holds the Lotus Pond (also a sacred spot) where the Buddha meditated in the sixth week following his Enlightenment.

Mahabodhi Temple is constructed of brick and is one of the oldest brick structures to have survived in eastern India.

India’s 2001 census reported Bodh Gaya’s population as 30,883.

These buildings reflect the architectural style and both exterior and interior decoration of their respective countries.

It was eventually taken out of the hands of the Hindu Abotts and put into the hands of The Temple Management Committee, formed specifically for this purpose. These names include: Sambodhi (meaning “Complete Enlightenment”), in use by the third century B. E., the time of Emperor Ashoka, Bodhimanda (meaning “the area around the Bodhi Tree”), Vajrasana (meaning the “Diamond Throne”), and Mahabodhi (meaning “Great Enlightenment”), in use as early as the seventh century C. By 1861 when the temple was excavated and restored, it was popularly called Buddha-Gaya or Bodh Gaya.

The committee consisted of both Hindus and Buddhists, with a required majority of Hindus. In 1953, Bodh Gaya began to experience development as an international pilgrimage destination.

At least four additional shrines were added to the main temple by the thidteenth century, at which time the city was conquered by Turkish armies.

Bodh Gaya’s temple and monasteries fell into ruin when state support ceased under the rule of the Islamic Sultanate of Delhi.

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