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Ānandabodhi

The bodhi-tree planted by Ānanda at the entrance to Jetavana.

The people of Sāvatthi, led by Anāthapiṇḍika, suggested to Ānanda that some place should be provided where they might offer flowers and perfumes in the name of the Buddha, when the Buddha was away on his periodical tours.

After consultation with the Buddha, Ānanda obtained, with Mahā-Moggallāna’s assistance, a fruit from the bodhi-tree at Gayā, and had it planted at the gateway of Jetavana in the presence of a large and distinguished gathering, including Pasenadi Kosala and Visākhā.

The seed was planted by Anāthapiṇḍika in a golden jar filled with fragrant earth. Immediately a sapling sprang up, fifty cubits tall, with five branches, each fifty cubits long.

The king poured round the tree perfumed water from eight hundred jars of gold and silver.

In order to consecrate the new tree, the Buddha, at Ānanda’s request, sat under it for one night, in the rapture of samāpatti.

Because the tree was planted by Ānanda, it became known as Ānandabodhi (J.iv.228‑30).

Pilgrims who came to the Buddha at Jetavana were in the habit of paying respect to the Ānandabodhi (J.ii.321).

The Paduma Jātaka and the Kāliṅgabodhi Jātaka were both taught in reference to this bodhi-tree.

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