5 heritage destinations are the beacons of Indian culture

• Mohabodhi temple, Bihar - The Mohabodhi temple in bihar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an ancient Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya 115 km South from Patna . It was built by Samrat Ashoka, the great empire in 3rd century B. C. The Mohabodhi temple is the ultimate pilgrimage destination of Buddhists since from the episode of Samrat Ashoka. Just near of the Mohabodhi temple, there's a bodhi tree, a descendant of the original tree, under which the Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Next, to it is Vajrasana, a platform made of polished sandstone , where Buddhists sat in a meditation. The Mahabodhi Temple Complex is one of the four holy sites related to the life of the Lord Buddha.  It is said that Lord Buddha attained "Bodhisattva" by meditating for a long time under this Bodhi tree. The peace and sanctity of this Mahabodhi temple still shines for the teachings and words of Lord Buddha.

• Taj Mohal, Uttar Pradesh - The temple was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the remains of his cherished wife Mumtaj. It is said that during the construction of the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan, the son of the historian Jahangir, first judged the extraordinary appearance of his wife Mumtaz and presented the Taj Mahal to her. That is why the white beauty Taj Mahal is called in one word - 'the symbol of love'. Emperor Shah Jahan never skimped on building and gifting this Taj Mahal but showed much more enthusiasm. The Taj Mahal stands on the southern bank of the Yamuna river in Agra, India and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. It remains one of the world's most celebrated structures and a stunning symbol of India's rich history and architecture. The Taj Mahal is one of the wonder of the world. 

• Khongjom War Memorial, Manipur - The kingdom war memorial is situated at Kheba Ching at Thoubal district in Manipur, India. This memorial is about 35 kms away from Imphal. The Battle of Khongjom was the greatest battle of the Anglo-Manipur War. Great freedom fighters-played major roles during that time. Thoubal district reminds the great war of Khongjam between The anglo manipuris and the British Army at 1891. The war memorial monument was inaugurated by the then president of India, Sri Pranab Mukherjee on the occasion of the 125 th anniversary of the battle. The monument resembles a tripod and depicts the strength, the indomitable spirit and courage of the Manipuris.

• Mahabalipuram, Tamilnadu - The temple is also known as Mamallapuram, is located about 60 kms from Chennai city. This is one of the most visited tourist place in South India. Mahabalipuram's unfinished poetry is stone, the sculpture creation stands testimony to the unique Dravidian architecture. India's most oldest architectural temple has been certified a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  On 7th century B. C, during the Pallava dynasty and during the time of the Pallava king Narasimhavarman, the temple was built by granite rock stones. In a word, this Mahabalipuram temple is one of the oldest temples in India.

• Unakoti, Tripura - The place is located 186 kms from Agartala, Tripura, India. Unakoti is a Lord Shiva pilgrimage attraction dating back to 7th - 9th centuries A. D. The Unakoti hills are literally less than a crore of Bengalis, and there is a place of ancient Shaivite worship, with huge rock worships celebrating Shaiva. The site consists of several huge vertical rock cut carvings on a hill side. Through the site shows strong evidence of Buddhist occupation and the figures carved are of the Lord Shiva, Ganesha, Durga and Vishnu from the hindu pantheon


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