Maha Bodhi replicas
Since the Maha Bodhi Temple is the holiest place in Buddhism, there have been several replicas of the temple made over the centuries. So far there have been about fourteen temples made which are similar in design and perhaps a few others from ancient times no longer standing:
- 1 Shwedagon Pagoda, (Mahabodhi Paya) Yangon, Burma
- 2 Mahabodhi Temple, Bagan, Burma
- 3 Wat Chet Yot, Chiang Mai, Thailand
- 4 Mahabuddha Temple, Patan, Nepal
- 5 Vajrasana Dagoba, China
- 6 Wat Pai Rong Wa, Thailand
- 7 Myomanji Temple, Japan
- 8 Kotahena Pagoda, Sri Lanka
- 9 Wat Nong Bua, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
- 10 Mahabodhi World Peace Buddha Temple, Bangalore, India
- 11 Linh Son Temple, Kushinagar, India
- 12 Wat Florida Dhammaram, USA
- 13 Maha Bodhi Las Vegas, USA
- 14 Thatta Thattaha Maha Bawdi Pagoda, Burma
- 15 Gallery of photos of the Maha Bodhi Temple Replicas
- 16 Distribution of Maha Bodhi replicas by nation
- 17 Souvenir replicas
Shwedagon Pagoda, (Mahabodhi Paya) Yangon, Burma
established 1250 CE
At the Shwedagon Pagoda complex there is a Maha Bodhi Temple style replica, known as Mahabodhi Paya. The replica dates to 1250 CE while the main structure at Shwedagon Pagoda dates to the 6th century or possibly earlier.
Mahabodhi Temple, Bagan, Burma
established approximately 1255 CE
Mahabodhi Temple, Bagan is a Buddhist temple located in Bagan, Burma. It was built in the mid-1200s during the reign of King Htilominlo, and is modelled after the Maha Bodhi Temple, which is located in Bihar, India. The temple is built in an architectural style typical during the Gupta period, and contains a large pyramidal tower with many niches containing over 450 images of Buddha. The temple was destroyed during the 1975 earthquake, and was repaired in following years.
Wat Chet Yot, Chiang Mai, Thailand
established 1453 CE
Wat Chet Yot (also Wat Jet Yod or Wat Maha Photharam) is an elegant 15th-century temple set in peaceful and green grounds northwest of the walled city of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Wat Chet Yot was built by King Tilokkarat in 1453 to host the Eighth World Buddhist Council. His remains are in one of the smaller chedis. In 1477, the World Sangkayana convened here to revise the doctrines of the Buddha.
This wat is markedly different in style from the others in Chiang Mai. Its unusual design featuring a main rectangular chedi with seven spires (chet yot) derives from its Indian inspiration. More specifically, Wat Chet Yot copies the Maha Bodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, India, where the Buddha attained enlightenment. The temple also shows elements of Burmese, Chinese Yuan, and Ming influence.
Mahabuddha Temple, Patan, Nepal
Mahabuddha Temple in Patan, Nepal is dedicated to the historical Buddha. It was built by priest Abhaya Raj of Patan. The temple is often called "the temple of a thousand Buddhas" because a Buddha image is engraved on every brick. The temple is modeled on the Maha Bodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya, India.
Vajrasana Dagoba, China
Wat Pai Rong Wa, Thailand
Myomanji Temple, Japan
Kotahena Pagoda, Sri Lanka
Wat Nong Bua, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
Wat Nong Bua is the only temple in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand that has a rectangular Chedi, which is an imitation of the Chedi at the Maha Bodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, India. The temple is located on the outskirts of Ubon Ratchathani on Highway No. 212 (Ubon-Amnat Charoen). At the 3-km. marker on the highway, turn into a side road and proceed for 800 meters to the temple.
Mahabodhi World Peace Buddha Temple, Bangalore, India
Linh Son Temple, Kushinagar, India
established approximately 1990
Linh Son Temple is a temple in Kushinagar, India and includes a replica of the Maha Bodhi Temple on its grounds.
Wat Florida Dhammaram, USA
At Wat Florida Dhammaram there are replicas of all of the four major pilgrimage sites including a Maha Bodhi Temple replica, the stupa at Sarnath (first teaching), Maya devi temple (birth place), and parinibbana temple (Kushinagar). It is one of only a few replicas of the Maha Bodhi Temple outside of Asia.
Maha Bodhi Las Vegas, USA
Maha Bodhi Las Vegas is a unique design with burgundy and yellow-gold colors to match the culture / motif of the Southwestern states of the U.S. Construction completed on April 6, 2012 which was the full moon day of April 2012 (not planned, just happened due to construction company's schedule).
Thatta Thattaha Maha Bawdi Pagoda, Burma
Thatta Thattaha Maha Bawdi Pagoda is the most recent Maha Bodhi Temple replica, completed in year 2013 near Naypyitaw, Myanmar (Burma).
Gallery of photos of the Maha Bodhi Temple Replicas
Distribution of Maha Bodhi replicas by nation
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Most of the souvenir replicas range in size from 5 cm (2 in.) to 20 cm (8 in.). Currently they are difficult to locate outside of India, with only a few shops and temples outside of India offering the souvenir Maha Bodhi Temple replicas for sale.
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