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The city’s center, the Mahabodhi Temple, was in serious disrepair by the 1880s, when a Burmese mission to repair the temple began.
At the same time the British annexed Burma, spurring the Britain into supportive action.
The village of Bodh Gaya is in the Gaya district in the Indian state of Bihar.
It is situated west of the Phalgu River, a tributary of the Ganges River.
Mahabodhi Temple is constructed of brick and is one of the oldest brick structures to have survived in eastern India.
At this point the British Archaeological Society took over the rebuilding of the temple under the direction of Alexander Cunningham.
The present form of the temple complex is that of this nineteenth century reconstruction.
It is located in one of the poorest and most violent regions of India.
In spite of Bodh Gaya’s illustrious past as the place of Buddha’s enlightenment and its revered status, many of the city’s people today suffer tremendous hardship. There is evidence of settled agriculture, hunting and fishing, as well as copper smelting.