Place

The Mahabodhi Temple

The Mahabodhi Mahavihara, more commonly known as the Bodhgaya Temple or the Great Stupa, was erected by King Ashoka in the 3rd century B.C., where the Buddha attained enlightenment. The Temple underwent several restorations, renovations and repairs in subsequent periods by a number of devout Kings, donors and philanthropists of India and abroad. A very thorough renovation of the Temple was taken up during 1874 by the deputations of the Burmese King, Mindon-Min, subsequently completed in 1884, under the supervision of Sir Alexander Cunningham and Beglar. Now several centuries old, the Mahabodhi Temple retains its deep spiritual energy and continues to inspire visitors and pilgrims from Asia and all over the world who come to the Temple with love and admiration.

The Bodhi Tree

The Buddha decided to do the most important thing in his life under a tree, not in a palace or sitting on a diamond throne. The Bodhi Tree, commonly known as the Peepal tree in India, at Bodhgaya is directly connected to the life of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, who attained enlightenment or perfect insight when he was meditating under it. The temple was built directly to the east of the Bodhi Tree which is supposed to be a direct descendant of the original Bodhi Tree.

Birla Dharamshala

Dharamshala is a religious resting place or sanctuary, specifically meant for religious travellers and built at pilgrimage sites. It is a time-honoured tradition in Buddhism. The Birla Dharamshala is situated right across the Mahabodhi Temple and will be hosting some of the performances, dinner and a film screening during the Siddhartha Festival.

SIDDHARTHA FESTIVAL

is a collaborative effort by the following organisations:

SIDDHARTHA’S INTENT
DEER PARK INSTITUTE
WORLD CENTRE FOR CREATIVE LEARNING FOUNDATION
VANA FOUNDATION
KHYENTSE FOUNDATION

Lead photographer: Pawo Choyning Dorji  |  Cinematographer: Jigme Tenzing  |  Team: Pema Abrahams, Raymond Steiner and Winnie Alamsjah

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CONTACT

For queries, please write to us at:

registrations@siddharthafestival.com