The Tree Of Enlightenment

Bodhi Tree        has a very close association with Enlightenment, which is the ultimate goal of every Buddhist. The tree has great sacred and symbolic significance. The Bodhi Tree ( Tree Of Awaking), also called the Bo Tree.

Bodhi Tree, also called as Bo Tree in Buddhist tradition. The Botanical name Ficus Religiosa, under which Siddhartha Gautama attained the enlightenment and bacame Buddh, the enlightend One.
Significance In Buddism
The Bodhi Tree at Bodh Gaya inside the campus of Mahabodhi Temple, Tree of Knowledge. Prince Siddhartha while meditating six years underneath a Ficus religiosa attained enlightenment, he became Buddha.

The tree has great significance in Buddhism. Prince Siddhartha left his father’s kingdom (Lumbini, at the border of India & Nepal) and came to Bodhgaya in the state of Bihar. After six years of deep meditation, Siddhartha attained enlightenment and became Buddh.

This Ficus religiosa tree now as Bodhi tree in Buddhism and Peepal tree in Hinduism is the most sacred tree. In Hinduism this tree has a great religious significance.

Religious Significance In Hinduism.
The Peepal Tree is considered sacred jby the foklowers of Hinduism, Buddhism & Jainism. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says, "I am the Peepal tree among the trees, Narada among the sages, Chitraaratha among the Gandharvas, And sage Kapila among the Siddhas.

Sadus (Hindu ascetics) still meditate beneath sacred Peepal trees, and Hindu do Pradakshina (circumambulation) around the sacred Ficus tree as a mark of worship.

Scientific Classification
Kingdom- Plantae
Clade- Tracheophytes
Order- Rosales
Family- Moraceae
Ginus- Ficus
Species- Ficus Religiosa
Botanical name- Ficus Religiosa

It is also known as the bodhi treepippala treepeepul treepeepal treepipal tree, (in India and Nepal). The sacred fig is considered to have a religious significance in three major religions that originated on the Indian subcontinent, HinduismBuddhism, and Jainism. Hindu and Jain ascetics consider the tree to be sacred and often meditate under them. This is the tree under which Gautama Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment.

F. religiosa has a very long lifespan, ranging on average between 900 and 1,500 years. In some of its native habitats, it has been reportedly found living for over 2,000 years. Some trees have been reported to be more than 3,000 years old,