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Mahabodhi Temple

Type of monument : Temple of Central Indian Type
Location : North of Shwegugyi
Region : Old Bagan
Built by : King Nantaungmya
Date : 12th Century
Monument Number : 447
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Mahabodhi Temple of Bagan was modeled after the famous Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya, Bihar State, India during AD 500. It commemorates the spot where the Buddha attained enlightenment; this monument was built during the reign of King Nantaungmya (1211-34).

The pyramidal spire, covered in niches which enclose seated Buddha figures, rises from a square block. This monument is different from the common bell-shaped ones in Bagan. The lower section of Bagan's Mahabodhi is quadrangular block supporting the pyramidal structure.








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