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Gya N.W. view of [Mahabodhi Temple] Budh Gya.

Gya N.W. view of [Mahabodhi Temple] Budh Gya.

Photographer: Bourne and Shepherd

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 15/1(19)

Item number: 19

Length: 22.2

Width: 28

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

General view of the Mahabodhi Temple and surrounding area, from the Elgin Collection: 'Spring Tours 1894-98', taken by Bourne and Shepherd, c. 1880s. The Mahabodhi Temple complex is one of the holiest sites related to the life of Buddha as it is the place where he attained Enlightenment. The present temple dates from the 7th Century and later and was built on the site of a previous temple erected by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC. It is built in front of the Bodhi Tree, the tree under which the Buddha obtained enlightenment, surrounded by a quadrangular stone railing. Repairs and restoration of the temple were undertaken by J.D. Beglar, an appointment authorised by Sir Ashley Eden, Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal, in 1880.

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