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Inside, the temple holds a massive and spectacular bronze statue of Buddha.
In a 100 year old garden beside the Thai temple is an 82 foot (25 m) recently erected statue of the Buddha. The Mahabodhi Temple Complex consists of the Temple and seven additional sacred spots.
According UNESCO, “the present temple is one of the earliest and most imposing structures built entirely in brick from the late Gupta period.” Mahabodhi Temple’s central tower rises to 180.5 feet (55 meters), and was heavily renovated in the nineteenth century.
The central tower is surrounded by four smaller towers, constructed in the same style.
The Temple is surrounded on all four sides by stone railings, approximately 6.5 feet (two meters) high. The older railings have scenes such as Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, being bathed by elephants; and Surya, the Hindu sun god, riding a chariot drawn by four horses.
In the 1990s followers of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar campaigned for exclusive Buddhist control of the temple, which was granted. Buddhist temples and monasteries in the city have since been built by the people of Bhutan, China, Japan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sikkim, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet and Vietnam in a wide area around the temple.
These buildings reflect the architectural style and both exterior and interior decoration of their respective countries.