Located in the district of Gaya in Bihar, Bodhgaya is one of the holiest places for the Hindus. The archaeological museum here was established in 1956 and consists of two galleries and a courtyard. There are also two verandahs displaying antiquities. The museum has a number of Buddhist and Brahmanical stone sculptures of Pala period, Surya, Zodiac signs on railings of Sunga age and scenes associated with Buddhist pantheon among others. The first gallery exhibits various images of Buddha in different moods. It has a standing image of Yakshi, crowned Buddha in Bhumisparsamudra, standing image of Manjusri, miniature port, Sahasra Buddha showing panel, copper antimony rod and many others. The second gallery displays the sculptures related to Brahmanical and Buddhist faith. The prominent ones among them are Sapta Matrika, Dikpalas, Dasavatara of Lord Vishnu. Apart from these, the open courtyard contains the railing pillars, coping stones and cross-bars that were moved here from the Mahabodhi temple premises. The outer verandah has a colossal image of Buddha standing in abhayamudra and inner verandah exhibits the Varah incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Featuring an excellent collection of Hindu and Buddhist sculptures and relics, the Archaeological Museum is the perfect example of the portrayal of life during the Buddha era. Established in the year of 1956, this museum is located close to the Mahabodhi Temple. Along with showcasing several Buddhist relics and antiques, the museum has curated an excellent collection of coins from the Mughal era, Mauryan monuments and relics, and Gupta relics collected over time. Of all the sculptures and relics collected from the Buddhist period, the best are displayed along the two verandas across the two galleries of the museum.
Gaya Center, Bodh Gaya 824231, India
Monsoon : Monsoons are pleasant with up to 214cm of rainfall
Summer : Maximum: 47°C, Minimum: 27°C
Winter : Maximum: 28°C, Minimum: 4°C
Recommended Season to Visit : Winter Season (November to February)
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