Bodhi Tree

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The Mahabodhi Tree at the Sri Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya

The Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya India is said to be the tree under which the Buddha sat when he attained enlightenment. It is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists.

While the original Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya was burnt down, the current Bodhi Tree on the same site is said to be a descendent of the original tree (that was replanted from a cutting of the original tree).

Cuttings from the Bodhi Tree have been replanted at Buddhist sites around the world.[1]

The Bodhi Tree is a pipal tree,[1] also referred to as:

  • sacred fig tree
  • ficus religiosa
  • ashvattha (Sanskrit)[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Princeton Dict icon 166px.png Robert E. Buswell Jr., Donald S. Lopez Jr., The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (Princeton: 2014), entry for Bodhi tree
  2. Gethin, Rupert (1998). The Foundations of Buddhism. Oxford University Press. p. 22. ISBN 9780192892232. 

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