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Mahabodhi Temple of Bodhgaya is located in Gaya near Patna. It is a holy place of worship for the Buddhists. It is holy especially because it is believed that Siddhartha Gautama arrived here and sat in meditation under the Sacred fig in this place. It is here during meditation that the Buddha acquired enlightenment. Today, in its place stands tall a tree which is believed to have descended directly from the original tree under which the Buddha sat. The temple was built by King Asoka and is the first brick temple to be built. It is now a pilgrimage spot for both Hindus as well as Buddhists. Hindus believe that Buddha to be an avatar of Vishnu.

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