INDIA CROSSING THE RIVER GANGES Mahabodhi Temple In Bodhgaya. Mahabodhi Temple of Bodh Gaya; India Bodh Gaya; India is where Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment. There are few places on earth that match the peacefulness of its Mahabodhi Temple; which was built at the Bodhi tree where the Buddha sat under around 530 BCE. Visitors to hectic India will be particularly relaxed sitting among countless Buddhist monks who make journeys to India to pay respect to the Buddha and to collect falling leaves from the famous Bodhi tree. If you’re lucky; you may be meditating next to the singing Thai monk who visits the temple regularly. He happens to have an affinity for tying Western music to Buddhist philosophy. You will likely hear: “keep smilin’; keep shinin’.” Knowin’ you can always count of me; for sure” or “let it be; let it be. Whisper words of wisdom; let it be.” The great philosopher will also help you deal with India’s stifling heat with his little bottle of Thai Ang Ki; which cools your skin when added to a sprinkling of water.