Votive Stupa

Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya

Numerous votive stupas dot the temple grounds. They are expressions of faith and devotion, and do not hold relics. This bell-shaped stupa, in front of the temple, has been extensively restored; its surface is decorated by numerous very small, repetitive designs of the seated Buddha, by larger images of the Buddha and bodhisattvas, and by some modern paint. A three-towered finial rests upon its flattened top.