The only Thai temple in India, the Thai Monastery of Bodhgaya was built by a Monarch of Thailand in 1956. The then Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru requested for the construction of the temple at this site to strengthen relations between the two countries and spread the teachings of Buddha in India. The sloping and curved roof of the edifice, which is covered with golden tiles, is an insignia of Thai architecture
Great Buddha Statue
Measuring 25 meters in height, it is the tallest, largest and the first Buddha statue to be ever built in India. Located right next to the Mahabodhi Temple, this statue was unveiled in the year 1989 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Bordered by ten smaller sculptures of Buddha's disciples in the passageway leading to the Great Buddha Statue, the entire visual is breath-taking.