The Mahabodhi Temple is surrounded on all four sides by stone railings, about two metres high. Parts of the intricately carved railings to the south and west of the temple are ancient and date to about 150 BC and are made from sandstone. Others are constructed from granite and are believed to date from the 3rd-6th centuries. Some of the railings are original and parts are reproductions. 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 newer railings have figures of stupas and eagles. Parts of the original railings can be found in the nearby museum.