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Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, Anuradhapura

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Religious Site
Visit Sri Maha Boodhi Temple to see the most sacred object in Buddhist history--the Maha Bodhi tree. The ancient branches of this 2,247-year-old tree represent the place where the Lord Buddha found enlightenment. Local pilgrims and devotees come to worship the holy site, while chants and prayers resonate through the oldest continuing Buddhist monastery and the center of Theravada Buddhism. See nearby Love Maha Paya, the nine-story house built between 167-137 BCE, as well as Jethavanaramaya Dagaba with its alien-like sphere that contains Buddha’s relic, and many other monastic buildings. You can explore the complex on your own, or hire a guide for a more comprehensive experience. To visit Sri Maha Boodhi Temple and get the most from your holiday in Anuradhapura, create itinerary details personal to you using our Anuradhapura tour planner.
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  • Every full moon pilgrims flock here for worship. While this makes it crowded. It also makes it! At this time there are people dressed in whilst showing their great respect. The old tree becomes a side...  more »
  • I was praying with local people in January's Full Moon Day in the night and I felt one of the most mystic experience in my life. I will never forget this day in my life. Sat Nam.  more »
  • A sapling of the tree where Lord Buddha attained nirvana grows here and is protected by a golden fence. Visited during a religious month whereby there were many ceremonies taking place. Hence the crow...  more »
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  • Heart of the Buddhist peoples. Very nice place and most peoples and tourist visit here every day. Have a lot of things to look around.
  • One of the most sacred relics of the Buddhists in Sri Lanka and respected by Buddhists all over the world.Buddhists in the Island have had a practice of visiting and paying homage to the most sacred Bodhi tree
  • The sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi tree in Anuradhapura is reckoned as the oldest surviving historical tree in the world. It is said to be the southern branch from the historical Bodhi tree Sri Maha Bodhi at Bodh Gaya,India under which Lord Buddah attained Enlightenment.
  • 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.
  • It is hard to believe - but there is no shadow of doubt at all - that this small tree with limbs so slender that they must be supported on iron crutches, is the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world (2,250 years).