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About Cankamana

Cankamana is one of the most sacred shrines as a part of the Mahabodhi Temple. It is considered the pathway that was used by Buddha during his third week of meditation. This is also considered the spot where Buddha practiced walking meditation, and thus it came to be known as Cankamana. The spot denotes the footsteps of Buddha carved out as lotuses in Black stone. You’ll find these footsteps decorated beautifully with flowers. Thousands of monks visit the spot and chant in praise of Buddha, which creates a surreal and soothing atmosphere. In addition, there are several other small images of Buddha along with his disciples in the shrine. Visiting Cankamana after sunset will give you a chance to see the pathway decorated with flowers and candles, which appear wonderful. The entire ambiance creates an awe-inspiring impression in your mind that would stay for long making it a must-watch destination.

Historical Context: A part of the Mahabodhi Temple, it is one of the most sacred shrines in Bodh Baya. Located towards the northern side of the temple lies the pathway which was used by Buddha during Buddha’s third week of meditation

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  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Not Allowed Pets, Footwear
  • Entry Fee Camera: INR 20 Video: INR 300

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