Buddhism : The Seven Wonders Of The Buddhist World

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In a world filled with tradition and conventions, one man underwent a rigorous journey to achieve Nirvana; that man was Siddhartha Gautama. With his success, came the birth of a new religion called Buddhism. His journey to reach Nirvana was marked by important sites that are now popular and religious attractions visited by Buddhists everywhere. These historic sites are known as the Seven Wonders of the Buddhist World. The Mahabodhi Temple, also known as the “great awakening” temple, is located in Bodh Gaya in North-Eastern India. The beginning of Buddhism began when Siddhartha Gautama reached Enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree at this temple. Even with the torment of demons, Siddhartha Gautama reached Nirvana when the sun rose up in the east. It was here where the Buddha finally understood the human condition of suffering and sorrow. The original structure of the temple was erected during the reign of Gupta Kings. The present temple, now the Mahabhodi Temple, was constructed by Emperor Asoka and holds a colossal image of the Buddha. The temple served as a way to tell the world how much Buddhists valued their shrines and statues. Presently, Buddhists around the world come to this awakening site to seek the seven sacred places, with the seventh location consisting of the Buddha’s attainment. As a result, the Temple is said to be the most sacred site in Buddhist history. Wat Pho contains the largest and oldest Buddhist temple in Bangkok and is home to more than 1,000

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