Bodhi, also referred to as the tree of wisdom, is a gigantic pipal tree located at the western side of Mahabodhi Temple
, in Bodhgaya
, one of the four holy sites to Buddhists. Situated on the banks of the Niranjana River, Bodhi Tree is 13 km from Gaya
This tree is believed to be the fourth direct descendant of the original Bodhi Tree, where Buddha
, the great spiritual leader, attained enlightenment around 2540 years ago.
Below the tree is a platform, on which the footprints of Buddha have been carved out in stone. Another highlight is Vajrasan, a slab of red stone, which is believed to be the spot Buddha sat for meditation.
Bodhi Tree is considered sacred by Buddhists and Hindus.