Click here to skip to content

[View of the courtyard in front of the Mahabodhi temple, Bodh Gaya.]

[View of the courtyard in front of the Mahabodhi temple, Bodh Gaya.]

Photographer: Peppé, Thomas Fraser

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 125/1(53)

Item number: 125153

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the courtyard in front of the Mahabodhi temple at Bodh Gaya, taken by Thomas Fraser Peppé in 1870. The Mahabodhi Temple complex is one of the holy sites related to the life of Buddha as it is the place where he attained Enlightenment. The first temple was built by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC and the present temple dates from the 7th century, late Gupta period. In his notes Peppé wrote, 'The front of the temple which faces the east is in very bad repair, and large masses come down every rainy season. In a few years the aspect of this side will be entirely changed. The porch in front has now nearly disappeared; only portions of the arch of its roof adheres to the side walls. The peculiarity of this portion is the Lehra or horizontal arch to the third story, and the radiating arches on the second story.'

Search within this collection

Elsewhere on our websites

Newsletter

Latest events - register free online

Mobile app

For iPhone, iPad and Android

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Email link to a friend

Write a brief note to accompany the email

Your friend's email address: