5th generation Bodhi Tree at Bodh Gaya
It was a challenge finding a spot to meditate each day under the Bodhi Tree. You had to arrive very early in the morning to do so.
The Bodhi tree, the fifth generation plant of the original ficus tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment in 528 BCE after nine years of ascetic life, is one of the most revered sacred places for Buddhists. The history tells that Sanghamitra, daughter of the Indian emperor, Ashoka, carried a sapling of the original Bodhi tree to Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, whose sapling was again brought to Bodh Gaya and planted after the original tree died. Situated behind the MahaBodhi temple, the Bodhi tree (80 feet high) is more than 116 years old and a centre of pilgrimage for the Buddhists all over the world.