The Bodhi Tree
For more than a month, Siddartha meditated, a practice of training the mind to free itself from the worries of everyday life, beneath a fig tree in Bodh Gaya, India. After 49 days, he stood from his meditative position. He thanked the tree for its shade and found enlightenment. It was then that he became The Buddha, or the enlightened one. The fig tree that sheltered The Buddha took on great significance as the Buddhist religion developed. Just as Siddartha became the Buddha, the tree became the Bodhi Tree or tree of enlightenment.
In Bodh Gaya, the Bodhi tree still stands, a descendant of the one under which the Buddha sat. But around the world, Buddhist temples have planted their own fig trees, some from clippings related to the original. One of the trees, in Anuradhapura, is the oldest living tree cut from the Buddhas's Bohdi tree.