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Mahabodhi Temple custodians concerned over abnormal fall of leaves from Bodhi tree

The Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya, sacred to millions of people around the globe, seems to be facing some trouble, as is evident from the excessive falling of its leaves. Located behind the Mahabodhi Temple, this tree is believed to have grown from an original banyan tree under which the Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment over 2500 years ago.

Bodh Gaya, May 14 : The Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya, sacred to millions of people around the globe, seems to be facing some trouble, as is evident from the excessive falling of its leaves. Located behind the Mahabodhi Temple, this tree is believed to have grown from an original banyan tree under which the Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment over 2500 years ago.

Just couple of years back, the tree was treated by a team of scientists when its leaves started turning black and dull all of a sudden.

The tree has been under constant observation since then and the excessive falling of leaves has alarmed all concerned.

However, the reason for the falling leaves remains obscure. Speculations are rife that the authorities responsible have failed to save the world heritage site.

In 2002, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared the Mahabodhi Temple a world heritage site.

"The reason has not been ascertained. It might have happened due to excessive heat or some wrong medicine. People who are in-charge aren't taking proper care of it. They already are preoccupied with their own lives. Authorities should take proper care of it," said Sangam, a monk at the temple.

Reportedly, the untimely falling of leaves commenced on the full moon day, and since then it hasn't stopped. Those who observed these trends believe it to be an adverse effect of some chemical or medicine.

"It started from full moon day and the falling of leaves has become excessive. It might have happened due to the reaction of medicines, given to the tree earlier. Since the time I have been here, it's for the first time that I am encountering such a problem with the faith tree of Buddhism," said Kashyap, another monk of temple.

The temple authorities are not giving any details and evade questions which may be uncomfortable to own up to and answer.

"It's because of the weather even. The leaves are falling like never before, but we are taking due care of the tree. We have a host of scientists from the agricultural university who have done several examinations of the tree and have given it medicines as well. And, I feel that now it's much better than before. Every autumn, the leaves used to fall, but this time, it's more," said Dr. Ramswarup Singh, Member of Bodhgaya Temple Management Council.

The caretakers, however, have claimed that a team of scientists is working to sort out the problem continuously.

The people ought to realise their responsibility towards preserving a world heritage, and abstain from damaging the tree or plucking leaves from it.

ANI

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