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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Anuradhapura
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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. Use our Anuradhapura travel itinerary planner to visit Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi on your trip to Anuradhapura, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This is one of very prominent place for all Buddhists. I write this note to help people who do not know the place. If you are visiting Anuradhapura, you should pay a visit to Jays Sri Maha Bodhi..... 
  • Devoted people all around. The coming and going of all the pilgrims gives is a very lively impression. Quite busy when we were there. 
  • One of the most attractive Buddhist collections, not only by the Buddha statues but also by the huge movement of believed in pilgrimage. It's supposed to be there a trees planted by Budda, which will take about 2,500 years. The tree is anchored with steel structures for protecting, everywhere there are manifestations of prayers and requests with pieces of white cloth and multicolored thanking and asking for help. Awesome site for demonstrations of faith. The ensemble is known by Mayura Parivena.
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  • Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi is a Sacred Fig tree in the Mahamewna Gardens, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It is said to be the right-wing branch from the historical Sri Maha Bodhi at Buddha Gaya in India under which Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment.
  • After bringing Buddhism to Sri Lanka by Mahinda Thero in 250 BC Emperor Asoka in India sent his daughter Theri Sanghamitta to the island with a branch of the Sacred Bodhi obtained from the main stem of the bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya under which Buddha attained enlightenment. King Tissa received the sapling and planted it at the present site in 249 BC. Taking this information to account today (in 2013) the Sri Maha Bodhi tree is exactly 2263 years old. Thus this tree is considered the oldest living tree in world in the recorded history. Even after the Anuradhapura was deserted as the capital of the country and encroached by the jungle, pious people nevertheless tendered to the tree effortlessly. The villagers lit bonfires to frighten off wild elephants. As the time went on the villagers made it a habit to collect firewood for the whole year on one single day. This possession was called “Daramiti Perahara” (Firewood Possession) which continues up to this day. There are special guards who look after the Bodhi Tree. This again is an age old custom continued to date by people who live in the neighbourhood whose ancestors have received the land for their services. This may be probably one of the oldest surviving religious professions in the world.
  • Please visit this place on your city-tour. Oke, there is an old tree and it is important for the people here. But just look at all that beautiful people! Old grandmas bring there offerings and kids praying under a dead tree! Monks who give you a nice smile! On the walls you can spot a lot of monkeys.
  • 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 249 BC, and is the oldest living human-planted tree in the world with a known planting date. 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. History ====== A Photo taken from the Lower Compound, Pahatha Maluwa. In the 3rd century BC, it was brought to Sri Lanka by Sangamitta (Pali; Skt.: Sanghamitra) Thera, the daughter of Emperor Asoka and founder of an order of Buddhist nuns in Sri Lanka. In 288 BC 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.
  • A blessing place for people to witness the supreme bliss