The Madhya Pradesh government has been spending lakhs on guarding and watering the tree, which has grown quite big now from just a sapling. The people who keep an eye on the tree - four Home Guards - stay on site round the clock.
"I am posted here since September 2012. Four guards are here. Earlier, many people used to come, but now only a few turn up," said Parmeshwar Tiwari, one of the Home Guards.
This 'VVIP tree' enjoys a dedicated water tank, and a botanist from the Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Department visits every week to check its health.
"We have provided four guards for security, water. The entire hill has been allocated to the Buddhist University. The whole area is being developed as a Buddhist circuit," Sub-Divisional Magistrate Varun Awasthi said.
Bhante Chandaratan from the Mahabodhi Society of India at Sanchi explained the concept behind this tree: "In the third century BC... a branch of the original Bodhi Tree, under which Lord Buddha found enlightenment, was taken from India to Sri Lanka and planted in Anuradhapura."
Some environmentalists, however, have asked whether resources could have been better used at a time when 51 farmers in Madhya Pradesh have reportedly committed suicide in the past month over debt. The environmentalists have questioned the huge expense in maintaining just one tree.
A new road connects Bhopal-Vidisha highway with the hillock.