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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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  • A very sacred place for all buddhists with the oldest living known planted tree in the world and one of the sacred relics of buddhists. The tree was in a garden surrounded by a wall and accessed via s...  more »
  • Large, almost huge huge tree. Great shrine for many Buddhists. Many tourists. Well worth a visit. The best thing about this sight, is to see the local use rather actively. To see how much it means. How important it is for them. There is a big beautiful ' stubba ' and a big old palace in the area which is also interesting. All in all, good visit and lots to see.
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  • We understand that the site is spiritually and religiously important, but nothing impressive. The base of the tree is hidden by the buildings.
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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