Consider the candle to be the light of wisdom that illuminates all sentient beings, with the aspiration that wherever its light falls becomes the mandala...
--- Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
Offering of Aloke, or light, is one of the most fundamental practices in the Buddhadharma symbolizing clarity, insight and wisdom. Inspired by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Lighting the Mahabodhi aims to make one of the largest and most lasting light offerings in the history of this World Heritage site by vastly improving the lighting of the existing Mahabodhi complex.
Situated in Bodhgaya, the Mahabodhi Mahavihara is the site where Shakyamuni Siddhartha Gautama found answers to the reality of samsara and the suffering of sentient beings, and discovered the path to liberation. Since then, the Mahabodhi has been a sacred pilgrimage site, inviting millions of people on spiritual quests from all corners of the world.
Centuries have passed since Buddha attained enlightenment at this spot, and the temple has weathered many eras of both resplendence and shocking neglect. In this present era, the temple has been upgraded and is well tended and in comparatively excellent shape.