Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Anuradhapura

Probably of the world's oldest fig trees, Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi was allegedly planted in 249 BCE. Revered by Buddhist pilgrims from around the globe, the tree remains one of the most sacred relics in Sri Lanka--worshipers believe Buddha sat under this very fig when he attained Enlightenment. To visit Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and other attractions in Anuradhapura, use our Anuradhapura road trip tool .
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  • This is the most sacred place on earth. This Bo tree is the right wing branch from the Bo tree in India under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. The most respected "Sri Maha Bodhiya" (the most ...  more »
  • Even if it is an old folder of 2600 years, it comes from the tree under which Buddha received enlightenment in North India and was brought by the daughter of the King at Mihintale. This branch is supported by many was. Make this discovery at 10:30 to take advantage of the ceremony with the monks and the faithful. Magical moments!
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  • This is one of the trees that is said to be an offspring of the one where Buddha was enlightened. Regardless of 'truth', the place offers spirituality and for us held more magic than Western churches,...  more »
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  • This is one of the most sacred place in the World. Also the it has a long history and this highly sacred Bodhi tree is the Oldest tree in the World over 2500 years old according to the excavations.
  • One of the most sacred places for buddhists. Ample parking available close to the shrine.wash rooms maintained better than other holy sites available at 20 rupees.
  • Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi (Sinhala: ජය ශ්‍රී මහා බොධිය) is a sacred fig tree in the Mahamewna Gardens, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It is said to be the right-wing branch (southern branch) from the historical Sri Maha Bodhi at Buddha Gaya in India under which Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment. It was planted in 288 BC,[1][2][3] and is the oldest living human-planted tree in the world with a known planting date.[4] Today it is one of the most sacred relics of the Buddhists in Sri Lanka and respected by Buddhists all over the world. The other fig trees that surround the sacred tree protect it from storms and animals such as monkeys, bats, etc. In April 2014, the government banned all construction within 500 meters of the tree. Only construction that obviously will not harm the tree will be allowed.[5] Buddhists in the Island have had a practice of visiting and paying homage to the most sacred Bodhi tree since time immemorial. It is an annual custom for pilgrims from far-away villages to visit the city of Anuradhapura and to pay homage to the Sri Maha Bodhi. The caretaker of this site provides various offerings on a daily basis since time immemorial. The Buddhists in general have a strong belief that offerings made to the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi have produced significant and positive changes in their life. It has also been customary for many Buddhists to make a special vow before the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi for the safe delivery of their babies without malformations, to cure various ailments and for many other cures. It has also been a long tradition among farmers around Anuradhapura to offer the Sri Maha Bodhi tree the rice prepared from their first paddy harvest. They strongly believe that such offerings lead to a sustained paddy production with the least sufferings from drought, pest attacks including elephant damage. In the 3rd century BC, it was brought to Sri Lanka by Sangamitta Theri (Pali; Skt.: Sanghamitra), the daughter of Emperor Asoka and founder of an order of Buddhist nuns in Sri Lanka. In 288 BC [6][7][8][9] it was planted by King Devanampiya Tissa on a high terrace about 6.5 m (21.3 ft) above the ground in the Mahamevnāwa Park in Anuradhapura and surrounded by railings. Several ancient kings have contributed in developing this religious site. King Vasabha (65 - 107 AD) placed four Buddha statues in four side of the sacred tree. King Voharika Tissa (214 - 236 AD) added metallic statues. King Mahanaga (569 - 571 AD) constructed a water canal around the sacred tree and King Sena II (846 - 866 AD) renovated it.[10] The present wall was constructed by Ilupandeniye Athtadassi Thero during the reign of King Kirti Sri Rajasinha (r. 1747-1782), to protect it from wild elephants which might have damaged the tree. The height of the wall is 10 ft (3.0 m); and 5 ft (1.5 m) in thickness; its length from north to south is 388 ft (118.3 m) and from east to west 274 ft (83.5 m). The first golden fence around the sacred tree was constructed by some Buddhist followers in Kandy under the guidance of Yatirawana Narada Thero in 1969. The iron fence below the above golden fence was created by people of Gonagala under the guidance of Yagirala Pannananda Thero.
  • Probably the most serene and holiest places in this world.
  • Nice to see the Bodhi tree but there is not so much to 'see' of it. It is shielded and guarded by two rows of fences blocking most of the views on this most of trees. When we visited around 15:00 it was not very crowded but looking at the size of the carpark this place can be very crowded indeed

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