View of small and large Mahabodhi Temples from the north-east, Bodh Gaya, before restoration.
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya, before repairs, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s. 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. This is a general view of the temples from the north-east, before restoration. 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.