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 Gautama Buddha sat when he attained enlightenment. It is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists of all traditions. The Mahabodhi Temple, which marks the site of the Bodhi tree, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The original Bodhi tree "was cut, burned and uprooted by various Hindu kings" over the years.[1] But each time the tree was replaced by seedlings said to be from the original tree.[1]

Cuttings from the Bodhi Tree also 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]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 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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