I manage to stay in India another few days.
As I am driving to the airport to leave to my next destination, a good friend of mine tells me about a large temple, located just near Bihar. After hearing a little more about it, I decide that it would be perfect, and fit into my theme thus far quite nicely. The Mahabodhi Vahir, literally the "Great Awakening Temple", is where the Buddha, Siddhartha Guatama, was said to have achieved full enlightenment. The temple reaches 180ft into the air. It is quite a sight to behold after making the trip. Reminiscent of a monolith, it raises straight up into the air, tapering little until it almost reaches the top. After the attack and bombings in 2013, it took a toll. The explosives were a low concentration and a small amount, so it did little major damage, but for the emotional turmoil. The countless windows, spires, and statues provide quite an awe inspiring sight. Although it is devoid of mush colour, its beauty is not lessened in the slightest.