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At least four additional shrines were added to the main temple by the thidteenth century, at which time the city was conquered by Turkish armies.Bodh Gaya’s temple and monasteries fell into ruin when state support ceased under the rule of the Islamic Sultanate of Delhi.At this point the British Archaeological Society took over the rebuilding of the temple under the direction of Alexander Cunningham.
The Temple is surrounded on all four sides by stone railings, approximately 6.5 feet (two meters) high. The older railings have scenes such as Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, being bathed by elephants; and Surya, the Hindu sun god, riding a chariot drawn by four horses.
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.
Also during this time a Ceylonese Buddhist leader, Anagarika Dharmapala, began a long campaign to return responsibility for the temple to Buddhist management.
Following India’s independence in 1947 management of the Mahabodhi Temple became increasingly controversial. Within two hundred years that name fell into dis-use and the city has had several names since that time, all influenced by the historic event of Buddha’s enlightenment.
The city’s center, the Mahabodhi Temple, was in serious disrepair by the 1880s, when a Burmese mission to repair the temple began.