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Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, Anuradhapura

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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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  • Along with the deep faith of the people of Sri Lanka, life had once again feel, is the most important thing. He said prayer and through it when it comes to the temple. Different countries and same-and. It offers played around and canang offerings have the matrix is progressing, the virtue thither it will, gladly will let me touch. "Forget" Y with both hands
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  • The temple in him even is interesting for the fact to be built around the sacred tree. Here come Sunday is the top, there are all the faithful who come to pray!
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  • At this temple is a tree grown from a cutting of the Bo tree under which Buddha became enlightened. At over 2000 years old it is the oldest living tree (that we know of).  more »