The three day cultural festival named Baudh Mahotsav 2014 will start from February 4 at the historic Kalchakra Maidan near the Mahabodhi temple at Bodh Gaya. The festival is jointly being organized by the state tourism department and the district administration. A number of South-East Asian countries and SAARC nations are also participating in the festival. The festival being organized by the State Tourism department will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. A number of renowned artists from different parts of the country are taking part in the festival. The first two days are reserved for the artist from the participating countries while the last day is reserved for the local artists from a number of states. A seminar on 'Buddh and Peace' will also be held on the second day of the fest. The countries participating in the festival includes Thailand, South Korea, Myanmar, Vietnam, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. The security in Bodh Gaya has been beefed up keeping in view of the terror attack that happened last year at the Mahabodhi Temple complex. The temple has been well lit and decorated for the upcoming festival. The famed sand sculpture artist Sudarsan Patnaik will also show his creation during the festival.
Bodh Gaya is the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment more than 2600 years back. The place is quite popular among the people of the South-East Asian countries. The Mahabodhi Temple is a world heritage site declared by the UNESCO in 2002. Several countries has built their monasteries at Bodh Gaya.