INDIA CROSSING THE RIVER GANGES Mahabodhi Temple In Bodhgaya. Buddhist monks and devotees from across the globe Monday offered prayers for world peace at the revered Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya; considered the birthplace of Buddhism. It was here that the Buddha attained enlightenment over 2; 550 years ago. The special prayers for world peace were organised to mark the beginning of an 11-day long chanting prayer ceremony at the Mahabodhi temple; holiest shrine at Bodh Gaya. “Buddhist monks and devotees prayed for a terror free and peaceful world for all living creatures;  an official of the Mahabodhi temple management committee said.