Beliefs about The Bodhi Tree, Bodhgaya – The Sacred Tree

Read this brief guide on the Beliefs about The Bodhi Tree, Bodhgaya before planning your visit to this historic, sacred site.

Trees are living beings that breathe, give life and help preserve the world we live in. Buddhists strongly believe that one must never cut a tree down.

Buddhist Beliefs

According to Buddhist’s Book of Discipline, a monk is not allowed to cut a tree as not only does it have life but it could also be the home of a deity.

The Bodhi Tree

The Bodhi Tree is significant to spiritual and cultural lives of Buddhists. It is believed that every temple is known to have one in their premises, along with the stupa and the image house. The Bodhi tree is believed to possess certain magical powers and is used in Buddhist rituals.

Birth and End

A small temple beneath the Bodhi tree, Bodh Gaya

A small temple beneath the Bodhi tree, Bodh Gaya, c. 1810 | Photo :British Library [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

It is believed that a Bodhi tree is born to mark the birth of the Buddha and the tree is said to remain until the end of the world; which would occur by rain, fire or wind. The site of the tree would be the last place to be destroyed.

Visiting the Bodhi Tree

If you’re staying at a Bodhgaya hotel, the Bodhi Tree is located in close proximity to many accommodation properties such as Oaks Bodhgaya. It is recommended that one should visit during the early hours of the morning or late evening.


Catalina Forbes is a travel writer who bases her content on many thrilling escapades experienced across the world. Google+

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