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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi is a Sacred Fig tree in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It is said to be the southern branch from the historical Bodhi Tree Sri Maha Bodhi at Budh Gaya in India under which Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment. It was planted in 288 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 Sri Maha Bodhi of Anuradhapura is grown from a cutting from this original Bodhi tree. This makes it the most sacred tree in Sri Lanka. Seedlings from this tree have been planted in temples throughout Sri Lanka and around the Buddhist world. It is forbidden for a Buddhist to cut or harm any part of the Sri Maha Bodhi tree.

In the present day a frame of iron crutches prop up the Sri Maha Bodhi, which nevertheless looks deceivingly young and rather unimpressive. Golden railings provided further protection, and visitors are strictly regulated. Still, the throng coming to view the tree was simply overwhelming.

Every full moon poya day of Poson, which is around May-June, a million people attending worship to observe around the tree in commemoration of the Enlightenment.

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Sacred City of Anuradhapura- UNESCO World Heritage List

Studying Buddhism -Lord Buddha


 

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