At this most sacred of sacred places, ‘Lighting the Mahabodhi’ is an initiative to design and install a comprehensive lighting system for the entire Mahabodhi Temple Complex.

Led by Siddhartha’s Intent and managed by Vana Foundation, this initiative will create the opportunity for devotees from all around the world to contribute towards the installation and management of a fully comprehensive lighting system. The lighting design employed will not only highlight the magnificent beauty of the Main Temple and all the places of veneration, but also add to the safety and comfort of pilgrims.

The global fund-raising campaign will raise money to pay for all light fittings, installation and replacement of some of the Temple’s existing electrical infrastructure. The eventual outcome will be aesthetically appropriate for a place of immense devotion to millions and the installation robust and practical so that it may endure.

Necessary lighting provisions will be incorporated into the design for special prayers and ceremonies and previously lesser lit areas.The initiative will endeavour to cover every part of the Mahavihara. Installation will be completed in phases over a period of two years, with minimum disruption caused in the interim.

B-Lit Lighting Design from Bangkok, Thailand are the official Lighting Designers for the project and are providing their services as an offering of devotion. All measures and steps are being taken to make sure the eventual installation is of international standard and trouble-free in its maintenance and operation. Archaeological and technical sensitivities of all interventions are being thoughtfully considered.

Ecological sensitivity and light-pollution are very central to the methods that are being used. While the number of light fittings used will significantly increase, the consumption of energy will significantly decrease.

A donation system will also be created for devotees to make offerings towards the continuous running and operation of all lights. Once completed, the entire system will be handed over to the Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee with unfettered ownership. A professional agency will be hired on contract indefinitely to manage the lighting system. Vana Foundation will continue to support however necessary via its professional team.

As followers of the Buddha Shakyamuni, we aspire that ‘Lighting the Mahabodhi’ allows countless people to make an auspicious offering to this sacred place – a most precious symbol of enlightenment. We feel an immense sense of responsibility to complete this important project and we express our gratitude to everyone involved.

||   Buddham Sharanam Gacchami, 

      Dhammam Sharanam Gacchami,  

         Sangham Sharanam Gacchami    ||



Founded in 1989 by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, Siddhartha’s Intent is an international Buddhist association of non-profit nationally registered societies and charities, with the principal intention of preserving the Buddhist teachings, as well as increasing an awareness and understanding of the Buddha’s teachings, beyond the limits of cultures and tradition.


Vana Foundation’s vision is to revive Indian wisdom in contemporary India. It will focus on Indian wisdom, Indian farming and Indian culture through its initiatives and activities, with an aspiration to benefit all, especially India and its youth. ‘Lighting the Mahabodhi’, a first of its kind lighting project that is being designed, executed and offered to the Mahabodhi Mahavihara in Bodhgaya, Bihar, is a SII-VF landmark effort.


Khyentse Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche to support all traditions of Buddhist study and practice. Since 2001, the foundation has supported individuals and institutions in more than 30 countries and has directly affected the lives of people around the world. Khyentse Foundation activities include major text preservation and translation projects, support for traditional monastic colleges, and more.


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