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The Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya, during restoration.

The Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya, during restoration.

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(50)

Item number: 100350

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya, during restoration, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1880s. The Mahabodi 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. In this view the east fa├žade of the temple is under restoration and swathed in scaffolding.

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