A tree branch planted by Buddha.
The twig of the Bodhi tree, the enlightenment of the Buddha, was brought to Sri Lanka from India in the 3rd century BC. There he kept the date in Anuradha puram. Since then, the area has flourished as the holiest shrine. Millions of tourists visit India every year. They consider the tree to be the most sacred tree that exists. Now the branch of the tree has been brought back to India. The Bodhi tree is planted on Salamatpur Hill in Sanchi, which has a Buddhist university of great historical importance. It was planted on September 21, 2012 by the then President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa.
It had risen to about 15 feet. It is a tree of special importance in Buddhism and is especially protected. According to Buddhist scriptures, the Buddha achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya. Emperor Ashoka also took refuge under the Bodhi tree. That is why this Bodhi tree is protected amidst the most fortified security.
Five security guards are constantly on guard to protect the tree. Agriculture officials inspect the tree every 15 days to assess its health. Not only that … he is spending thousands of rupees every month for his full maintenance.
An iron fence was erected around the 15-foot-tall tree. It is always guarded by five security guards. The maintenance of this tree costs around 12 to 15 lakh rupees each year. Tourists flock to see this tree.
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