Sri Maha Bodhi
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Sri Maha Bodhi Anuradhapura Reviews
Holiest tree in Sri Lanka Sep 16, 2011
In the midst of the ancient city of Anuradhapura you find a tree – this is the holiest tree in the country. It is said the tree is a seedling from the original Bodhi tree under which Buddha sat when he achieved enlightenment. The tree was planted in 288 BC and has grown to a significant seize since then. It is the oldest living tree which with certainty has been planted by humans.
You can’t go all the way up to the tree since it is protected by a fence – apparently the fence was put in place to protect the tree against wild elephant which might have caused great damage to the tree if they where a bit hungry.
The tree is the centre piece of a small Buddhist complex – and it attracts a constant flow of local worshippers. After I visited the tree I was told there is an entry fee of 200 rupees – but somehow I missed the ticket booth when I arrived - so if you don’t know you are supposed to pay you can possibly get in without paying.
Part of the Buda Island travel blog
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