The Bodhi Tree, under
which the Buddha gained Enlightenment, is an object of veneration to
Buddhists. It is commonly known as 'Pipphal' tree and its botanical name
is 'Ficus Religiosa'. Even before the Buddha's Enlightenment, this tree
was long regarded as a holy tree in India.
Enlightenment, the Buddha showed His gratitude to this tree by gazing at
it fondly from a distance for one whole week upon getting up from His
seat of Enlightenment. On another occasion, the Buddha advised His
followers to plant a Bodhi tree to represent Him during His absence.
Ever since, the
Buddhist world has been venerating this sacred tree which represents
the Enlightenment of the Master. A firm belief prevails among Buddhists
that certain power protects and influences the vicinity wherever a Bodhi
tree is situated and venerated. Those who fail to grasp the symbolism of
such veneration criticize the Buddhist community for being tree
Vande tam Bodhi
Seated at whose
base the Teacher overcame all foes, attaining Omniscience, that
very Bodhi- Tree do I venerate
Ime ete maha
This great tree
of Enlightenment, the Lord of I the world reverenced, I too shall
salute you. May there be homage to you, 0 great Bodhi.