Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya

The sacred Bodhi tree

The sacred Bodhi tree | Photo credit: Man Bartlett/Flickr

Bodhi Tree Overview

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A peepal tree, it forms a major and most sacred part of the Mahabodhi Temple. In Buddhism, ‘bodhi’ means awakening experience or awareness of the true nature of the universe. It is believed that it was under this famous tree that Siddhartha Buddha meditated and attained enlightenment (around 2500 years ago). Though presently it is not the same tree as dated in history (it was planted in 288 BC) but either the fourth or the fifth succession of the original tree. To help you save any confusion, remember that Bodhi Tree is planted in the western direction which is right behind the main shrine.

  • Opening Closing Time 5 am to 9 pm (Daily)

  • Entrance Fee Free Entry; Camera: INR 20; Video: INR 300

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Mahabodhi Temple, By Pass Road, Bodhgaya