Buddhagaya
 
The Lord Buddha attained supreme enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree which is in Gaya district in the state of Bihar, India. Thus, the place is called Buddhagaya. The place where The Buddha sat in meditation and achieved enlightenment is known as ‘Vajrasana’ or the Diamond seat. The Bodhi Tree and the 'Vajrasana', are the most sacred places to the Buddhist world; so sacred are they that the Buddhists want to pay homage to the holy place at least once in their lifetime.

The centre of Maha Bodhi Society of India at Buddhagaya plays a major role particularly to serve the thousands of pilgrims who visit the centre, from India and abroad, by helping them to perform their spiritual activities. It also performs social welfare and educational activities throughout the year. 

Address: 
Maha Bodhi Society of India, 
Buddhagaya Centre,
Jayasri Maha Bodhi Vihara, Buddhagaya, 
824231. Bihar. India,
Tel. 06331-220742. 
E-mail: mbsibuddhagaya@gmail.com
Contact: Bhikkhu-in-Charge, Buddhagaya Centre

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Anouncement 
                                                               SERVICES
Under the able guidance of Ven. P. Seewalee Thero, Present General Secretary of the Maha Bodhi Society of India, Buddhagaya centre is extending a commendable service to the Society and the Buddhist community around the globe.

Today the Buddhagaya Centre is extending the following activities:-
Free Homeopathic Dispensary
Founded by Lt. Ven. Bulath Singhala Pannarama Thero , the dispensary looks after the needs of the local and needy people by giving them free medicines and treatment. A team of dedicated doctors and staff help in maintaining the proper functioning of the Dispensary
A free School for Children
The Maha Bodhi Vidyapeeth is a free school which is dedicated in giving the gift of Knowledge to the needy and less fortunate children of the locality. It has a strength of about 450 students and is still growing in numbers. The Centre believes that the child who attains education can an asset to the Society.
A free Ambulance Service
Started in 1997, the Ambulance service is serving the community by taking the sick peo;oe to hospitals at a minimum cost so that the service is inexpensive and easy to use by less fortunate, ambulance service the Buddhagaya Centre of the Maha Bodhi Society of India is one of the first to reach the spot of any natural calamity of disaster
Free Educational Sponsorship for the Handicapped
The Buddhagaya Centre also provides free sponsorship to the deserving candidates who are physically handicap children and is presently sponsoring few such deserving candidates.
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Vihara
The building of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Vihara of the Buddha Gaya Centre is the first and oldest structure of the Maha Bodhi Society of India which was erected in 1901 at the cost of Rs. 15,000. The founder of the Society, Venerable Anagarika Dhammapala took great pains in collecting funds from Buddhist countries for completing this Building.

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Shrimath Anagarika Dharmapala Memorial Hall
The Hall is dedicated for organizing Dhamma Sabha, Seminars, Workshops, Conferences as well as a place of assembly of the pilgrims.
Ven. Anagarika Dharmapala Memorial Library
 Ven. Anagarika Dharmapala Memorial Library situated at Buddhagaya Centre has a good collection of old and new books on Buddhism and other allied topics in written English, Hindi, Sinhalese as well as in regional languages. It has also comfortable and spaces reading room facilities for the Scholars, students and devotees.
Maha Bodhi Dhammasala
Buddhagaya Centre has a well developed Dhammasala with all facilities for accommodation of the members of the Society, pilgrims, devotees and guests. It has 40 rooms and one dormitory.
                                Annual Festivals And Important Events 
Vaisakha Full Moon Day
To commemorate the birth , Enlightenment and the passing away of the Buddha.
Asadha Purnima
Asadha Purnima or Dhammacakka Day is also known as Guru Purnima falls is one of the sacred Buddhist festival.Tthe Buddha delivered his first sermon (teaching) , the Dhammacakka Pavattana Sutta on the Full-Moon of Asadha some 2600 years ago at Holy-Isipathana, Migadaya, now Sarnath, to the Panacavaggaiya Bhikkhus
Kathina Civara Dana
Offering robes to Venerable Monks after observing rainy season at a particular place. The lering is done by the devotees after whole night Sutta chanting by Venerable monks.
Birth Anniversary of Founder
17th September, the Birthday of Ven. Anagarika Dharmapala is observed as the Founder’s Day for his untiring efforts towards the revival of Buddhism and the establishment of the Maha Bodhi Society of India.
A Brief History on Relics of Sariputta & Mogallana
                The home-coming of the relics of the Sariputta and Mogallana, the two principal disciples of the Buddha was another historic event in the regeneration of Buddhism in India.
                The caskets ontaining the bone-relics of the two Arahants were discovered at Satadhara, a village near Sanchi by the Europoean archaeologists, who carried them to London. They were preserved in the Victoria and Albert Musuem there for about ninety years.
                As a result of the continuous persuasion of the Secretary of the Maha Bodhi Society of India, Devapriya Valisinha since 1938, the Government of India ultimately oressed his claim to bring back the relics fir enshrinement in India.
                On the 12th January, 1949 the Sacred Relics were brought from Colombo to Calcutta by IMS Tir. The Governor of West Bengal, Dr. K.N Katju, the Chief Minister, Dr. B.C Roy, the General Secretary and memebers of the Maha Bodhi Society and other distinguished persons were present at the wharf to welcome the arrival of the relics. The relics were then taken in a colorful procession to the Govt. House where they were kept in the Throne room for the night.
                On the 13th January at a large and colorful gathering held at the Calcutta Maidan and attended by dustinguished dignitaries and delegates, Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru ceremoniously handed over the relics to Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookherjee, President of the Maha Bodhi Society of India. Representatives from the Bhutan, Ceylon, Thailand and Cambodia attended this ceremony. The Prime Minister in his address said,
              "Many of you have come from countries round about India and even further away. It is also the home-coming of many people from far off lands. In the old days, when the message of the Buddha went out of our land, pilgrims from this land went to other countries. This bind kept us together."  
             The Chief Minister, Dr. B.C. Roy reiterated how "Buddha's teaching inspired Gandhiji, who preached and practice the eternal principles of non-violence and truth."
              The Governor, Dr. K. N. Katju said, "It is not mere co-incidence that with the growth of our naional consciousness has come to us in large measure consciousness also of the excellence of the doctrine practiced in India 2,500 years ago and along with that Consciousness we have also discovered, as if by miracle, many of our holy treasures."
                 A running commentary on this ceremony was broadcast direct from all stations of All India Radio (AIR). The reputed news reader and commentator Melville DeMello gave the running commentary. It may be mentioned in this connection that i had an opportunity of witnessing this rare occasion, having been assingnedby AIR as an Officer-in-charge to look after and co-ordinate this special outside broadcast.
                Finally, the sacred relics of Sariputta and Mogallana were enshrined in the especially built Vihara of the Maha Bodhi Society in Sanchi.
154th Birth Anniversary Celebration of Ven. Anagarika Dharmapala 
15-17 September, 2018
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154th Birth Anniversary of Ven. Anagarika Dharmapala
Buddhagaya  Center of the MBSI has organised three-day long event on the occassion of 154th Birth Anniversary of its founder, Ven Anagarika Dharmapala. The event kick-started with an International Blood Donation camp on 15th Sept. 2018.
Photo Gallery Section
The then Bhikkhu-in-charge of Buddhagaya center of  the Maha Bodhi Society of India, Ven. P Seewalee Thero greeting to the His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi Vihara.
The General Secretary of the Maha Bodhi Society of India, Ven. P Seewalee Thero presenting a Momentum to the His Royal Highness the King of Bhutan
The students of Maha Bodhi Vidyapeeth in the morning prayer
The artists from Sri Lanka being performing the cultural dance during the celebrations of the Anniversary of jaya Siri Maha Bodhi Vihara in the year 2012
A Colorful pocession on the sacred relics exposition
Our office bearers paying floral tribute to the founder of the MBSI, Ven. Anagarika Dharmapala
1) Free Ambulance Service 2). Ven. Anagarika Dharmapala Memorial Library (Inside) 3). Ven. Anagarika Dharmapala Memorial Library (Outside) 4). Danasala (Dinning Hall
Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi Vihara is being beautifully decorated with the Buddhist flag
 
Resident monks of Center
Teaching Staffs of Maha Bodhi Vidyapeeth
Computer teacher is being guiding his student
Free Ambulance Service
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May the light of pure Dhamma spread, and dispel the darkness of ignorance, suffering, misery.
WHAT TO SEE AND WORSHIP AT BUDDHAGAYA
Maha Bodhi Temple – It was first built by emperor Ashoka who make Buddha and Buddhism alive and later it was enlarged and reconstructed by a number of devout Buddhists. It was first located by the great Chinese traveler Hiuen-Tsiang in the 7th Century. 
A beautiful Buddha image is enshrined in the inner chamber.
The Sri Maha Bodhi Tree- This is the world famous sacred Bodhi Tree under which prince Siddartha attained Enlightenment . It is also one of the oldest trees in the world.
Vajrasana or the Diamond Seat- This seat made out of sand stone marks the actual spot where prince Siddartha sat in meditation to become the Buddha.
There are also seven sites in the Sri Maha Bodhi Temple complex where Gautama Buddha Passed seven successive weeks in meditation after his Enlightenment : Bodhi Tree: Animisalochana Stupa: Chanakamana: Ratanaghara: Rajayatana Tree: Ajapala Nigrodha Tree: and muchalinda Lake. Stone railings: Votive Stupas and several other stone made images adds beauty to the Temple site. Ashoka pillar-Erected by Great Ashoka near muchalinda Lake.
Today, the tiny town of Buddhagaya hold a prime place in the international tourist map and it has over 50 Buddhist temples and monasteries besides hotels and guest houses with all facilities and comfort.
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