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About Muchalinda Lake

Located to the right of Mahabodhi Temple lies the beautiful Muchalinda Lake in Bodhgaya. Also known as the “Lotus Pond,” the lake is surrounded by lush greenery and peaceful atmosphere. A beautiful statue of meditating Lord Buddha sitting on a snake coil protected by its hood is a major attraction here, which is placed at the center. The pond water is sacred and has thousands of fishes, which you can feed with puffed rice. Actually, there’s a legend associated with this lake. While Lord Buddha was meditating near the lake during his sixth week of meditation, a strong storm broke out due to which the waves started lashing him. Sensing the discomfort of Buddha, the Snake King (Muchalinda) decided to protect Buddha from the storm. The entire tale has been inscribed on a stone at the lake boundary. The lake looks amazing at night because of the decoration and the lightings on the edges of the lake.

Historical Context: Named after Muchalinda, the Snake King of the Lake, this lake is yet another peaceful spot in Bodh Gaya. It is believed that during Buddha’s sixth week of meditation, a huge storm broke out here while Buddha was meditating. It was then that Muchalinda came out from his abode beneath the lake to protect Lord Buddha from the uproar of the storm.

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  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Lockers, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 2 hours
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Family, Couple
  • Entry Fee Camera: INR 20 Video: INR 300
  • Allowed Footwear, Camera, Video

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