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"Sri Maha Bodhiya." Anuradhapura Things to Do Tip by euzkadi

Anuradhapura Things to Do: 67 reviews and 158 photos

Maybe the most sacred and visited spot in Sri Lanka. The Sri Maha Bodhiya is a compound of temples, guard stones and balustrades that protects the revered Bodhi tree. This tree is an orginal shoot of the old and sacred Bodhi tree located in Bodh Gaya (India) under which the Buddha attained enlightenment. This sapling of the original tree was brought in Sri Lanka by the Theri Sengamitta (daughter of the emperor Asoka) and planted in Anudaraphura in 249 BC by the King Devanampissa. Is the world oldest human planted tree with a known planting date. It was planted in a special platform known as a Bodhigara; there are few remains of the original temple, the new temple and constructions around were later adittions. The tree is encircled by a gold-plated railing festooned with flags and other strips of cloths left by the pilgrims. It´s not possible to touch the tree but a good souvenir is a leaf fallen from it.

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  • Updated Dec 15, 2010
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