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0120170818

In the first of two programmes, Anna Lewington tells the story of Buddhism’s most sacred site, The Bodhi Tree.

Climate change and security concerns are threatening one of Buddhism's most sacred sites. The Bodhi Tree, in northern India, is believed to be descended from the actual tree under which Buddha gained enlightenment, the tree came under attack from suspected Islamist terrorists in 2013. Several bombs exploded around the temple, and there are fears that security is not tight enough prevent a similar attack in the future. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims visit from around the globe every year, but is their safety being looked after by the Indian authorities?

Anna Lewington tells the story of The Bodhi Tree. She asks if climate change is threatening this sacred site and discusses the place of trees in the spiritual life of India.

(Photo: Sunlight seen through the leaves of a Bodhi tree. Credit: Getty Images)

Climate change and security concerns are threatening one of Buddhism's most sacred sites. The Bodhi Tree, in northern India, is believed to be descended from the actual tree under which Buddha gained enlightenment, the tree came under attack from suspected Islamist terrorists in 2013. Several bombs exploded around the temple, and there are fears that security is not tight enough prevent a similar attack in the future. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims visit from around the globe every year, but is their safety being looked after by the Indian authorities?

Anna Lewington tells the story of The Bodhi Tree. She asks if climate change is threatening this sacred site and discusses the place of trees in the spiritual life of India.

Picture: Sunlight seen through the leaves of a Bodhi tree, Credit: Getty Images

0120170818

In the first of two programmes, Anna Lewington tells the story of Buddhism’s most sacred site, The Bodhi Tree.

Climate change and security concerns are threatening one of Buddhism's most sacred sites. The Bodhi Tree, in northern India, is believed to be descended from the actual tree under which Buddha gained enlightenment, the tree came under attack from suspected Islamist terrorists in 2013. Several bombs exploded around the temple, and there are fears that security is not tight enough prevent a similar attack in the future. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims visit from around the globe every year, but is their safety being looked after by the Indian authorities?

Anna Lewington tells the story of The Bodhi Tree. She asks if climate change is threatening this sacred site and discusses the place of trees in the spiritual life of India.

Picture: Sunlight seen through the leaves of a Bodhi tree, Credit: Getty Images

Climate change and security concerns are threatening one of Buddhism's most sacred sites. The Bodhi Tree, in northern India, is believed to be descended from the actual tree under which Buddha gained enlightenment, the tree came under attack from suspected Islamist terrorists in 2013. Several bombs exploded around the temple, and there are fears that security is not tight enough prevent a similar attack in the future. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims visit from around the globe every year, but is their safety being looked after by the Indian authorities?

Anna Lewington tells the story of The Bodhi Tree. She asks if climate change is threatening this sacred site and discusses the place of trees in the spiritual life of India.

(Photo: Sunlight seen through the leaves of a Bodhi tree. Credit: Getty Images)

0220170825

In the second of two programmes, Anna Lewington reports from the world's biggest tree, sacred in Hinduism - Thimmamma Marrimanu.

Anna Lewington reports from the world's biggest tree, that has branches covering a remarkable five acres. This tree, sacred in Hinduism, is called Thimmamma Marrimanu, and stands in Kadiri, in Andhra Pradesh. At the centre of this network of trunks and branches stands a small temple which holds the story of Thimmamma, who threw herself on the funeral pyre of her dead husband. Local people believe that childless couples will become fertile if they worship at the tree. Every year this banyan becomes the focus of a theatrically staged 'journey' or jatara, as part of the annual festival of worship of the god Shiva.

(Photo: Banyan Tree. Credit: Getty Images)

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