The Bodhi tree under which the Bodhisatva attained enlightenment exists even today. A large chunk of devotees pay homage to the tree. The historical place at which the Enlightenment took place became a place of pilgrimage. About 250 years after the Enlightenment, the Buddhist Emperor, Asoka visited the site. It is believed that he constructed Mahabodhi Temple , a monastery and offered a diamond throne to the shrine here.