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Bodhi Tree


The Bodhi Tree – tree of awakening, in Bodhgaya has come down from the original ficus tree under which Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment. It was under Bodhi Tree that Siddhartha Gautama became the Buddha in 528 BC after nine years of self-denial and 49 days of meditation.

It is believed that Siddhartha Gautama finally gave up years of rigorous fasting and self-denial by accepting milk and honey from a young lady. He then sat down under the Bodhi Tree and vowed not to move until he attained Nirvana (enlightenment). After 49 days of rigorous meditation and several combats with Maya (illusion), he became the Buddha, the “Enlightened One."

History has it that Sanghamitra, daughter of the Indian emperor, Ashoka, carried a plantlet of the original Bodhi Tree to Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. Eventually, its sapling was yet again brought to Bodhgaya and planted after the original Bodhi Tree perished.

Positioned behind the Maha Bodhi Temple, the Bodhi Tree is more than 116 years old. It stands tall at a height of 80 feet and is one of the most revered places for the Buddhists all over the world. Pilgrims from all across the world visit the tree and reflect over the Buddha's teachings. Some people also hang prayer streamers on the tree and make offerings at the sacred site.

Best time to visit

The Bodhi Tree can be visited throughout the year. Ideally, the best time to visit the sacred site is from October to March when the weather is pleasant.


Bodhi Tree, also known as Bo tree, symbolises 'awakening'.


The Bodhi Tree is open to all for reverence.

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