Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, Anuradhapura

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. Make Sri Maha Boodhi Temple a centerpiece of your Anuradhapura vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Anuradhapura trip itinerary builder .
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  • Visited as part of a visit to the archeological park. A wonderfully spiritual experience. A place well worth visiting regardless of religious affiliation.  more »
  • Nice temple to meet and discover. But we really need to understand that if we do tourists come to visit and taking photos is a place of worship where many sri Lankans are flocking to pray and make offerings. SO RESPECT
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  • Sri Maha Bodhiya is a Buddhist sacred place in Anuradhapura in north central province. It is a sacred Bo tree which was brought to Sri Lanka when it was a small sub plant of its mother tree situated i...  more »
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  • If you are to visit the ancient kingdom, Anuradhapura, you must visit Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi as well. Few kilometers away from the city. It is the oldest living human-planted tree in the world with a known planting date, in 249BC. Large number of people come to visit and worship this place every day from all over the world. You can see lots of monkeys playing around, on alert with them. Early morning is the best time of the day to visit this calm and relaxing place in sacred city of Anuradhapura.
  • A very beautiful, calm and quiet place. This is the sacred tree at which Price Siddhartha attained enlightenment. Please come to the place with a proper attire, preferably white. Public is not allowed to visit the top most level where the sacred Bo tree is placed at. Parking is available away from the place (less than 1km)
  • The longest surviving tree in the world with a documented history. A must visit if you are ever in Sri Lanka. Pinnacle of Buddhist history ! You will feel the energy in the place when you are there. Recommended that you visit in the evening to have the best experience.
  • One of the top sacred places in Anuradhapura ancient city as well as in the island. Have a written history since the reign of King Kithsirimewan.
  • Very good place. It's very important for Buddhist peppers. One of the very good place in Srilanka
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