The Bodhi tree of Bodh Gaya under which Siddhartha attained enlightenment 2610 years ago became Buddha, now there has been a change in the rules of taking his saplings. The permission of the State Home Department is now needed to take the sapling of the sacred Bodhi tree, which was previously accessible. The state government has banned the distribution of Bodhi trees by the Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee.
According to the BTMC, now the baby saplings of the sacred Bodhi tree are given only after the permission of the Home Department. Although the symbol of Buddhist faith and spreading the message of love, non-violence, peace and brotherhood in the world, Bodhi tree is spreading the message of Lord Buddha in more than 12 countries of the world.
In Buddhist countries, efforts have been made to promote compassion, tolerance and non-violent values by gifting Bodhi tree saplings by the central government. Bodhi tree plant is being used to improve bilateral relations. Prime Minister Modi also took this series forward. Not only did this lead to better relations between the two countries, but the tourism sector also benefited.
Bilateral relations being enhanced by the Center by presenting Bodhi tree saplings in many countries