The present Bodhi tree is probably the fifth descendant of the original tree to be planted at this site where the Prince Siddhartha had finally attained enlightenment. This sacred tree plays a very important role in rites and rituals of Buddhists as it is an inspiration of Buddha’s enlightenment.
The Mahabodhi temple is located in the east adjacent to the original Bodhi tree. It actually stands on the temple erected by Emperor Ashoka and rises in the form of pyramidal spire till it reaches its neck, which is cylindrical in shape. People looking for peace and serenity can spend hours in this temple.
According to legends, it is believed that Lord Buddha spent seven days here looking towards the sacred Bodhi tree, without flashing his eyes.
Chakramana is considered as the holiest spot of Prince Siddhartha’s meditative perambulations during the third week before he finally became consecrate. It is believed that the place where Buddha kept his feet lotus blooms.
Lord Buddha passed seven days of his life in Ratnagarh, where it is believed that five colors came out of his body.