Bodhi Tree-The Tree of Enlightenment
Bodhi Tree in Bodhgaya is the most sacred part of the huge Mahabodhi Temple. In Buddhism, ' Bodhi' means awakening experience or know the truth of life. It is believed that it was under this Bodhi tree that Gautam Buddha meditated and attained enlightenment. The Bodhi Tree that exists in the premises of the Mahabodhi Temple today is not the exact one that shaded the Buddha's meditation 2500 years ago, but it is the fourth or fifth succession of the original tree.
The celebrated Bodhi Tree still exists but is very much decayed. One large stem with three branches to the westward is still green. The tree is called the Sri Mahabodhi. The environs of Bodhi Tree has attracted sages, Yogis and meditators since the time of Buddha. Near the Bodhi Tree, there is the path that the Buddha walked after his enlightenment. It is marked by Chankramanar, the ' Jewel Walk' lined with 19 lotuses. Many monks and devotees are seen performing countless prostrations to the Bodhi Tree. While there are many of Monks including foreigners meditating under the Bodhi Tree.