Sri Maha Boodhi Temple
Sri Maha Boodhi Temple
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dianedinky
Dunfermline, UK791 contributions
Jan 2020
It was a pleasant enough place but as a non-Buddhist it didn't mean anything special, unlike the sacred place it means to the locals. I felt as a tourist I was intruding on a very personal Sri Lankan place. I found myself more impressed by the antics of the Giant and Palm Squirrels than taking in the temple. Sorry.
Written February 13, 2020
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marriott946
London, UK674 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
This is a very important site in Sri Lanka. The old capital, a temple and the oldest documented tree in the world imported from India.

Shoes off, a long walk before you get to the temple or tree, also hats off which made it even more uncomfortable but respect has to be paid to the site.

Very busy site, sabbath day so it was expected.

The tree is scaffold supported, the small temple was full of worshippers so no room to see inside. Based on what you would expect from a site maybe this one was well down the interest scale but it is important to Sri Lankcans and do consider that before anything else.

Written March 29, 2022
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martindegraaf
Amersfoort, The Netherlands59 contributions
Feb 2020
The world famous bodi tree turns out to be an indistinct, bushy tree, behind high fences.
No shoes allowed in the complex, as usual, but this gets extremely uncomfortable when the weather is hot.
Nothing special in the entire complex, hardly any information in English
Written March 10, 2020
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Georgina M
3 contributions
Jan 2020
Spiritually, it is a very close place for all the buddhists and really nice to relax and meditate and support ones’s spiritual development following Buddha’s teachings that leads to The path of higher mental states as a human being.
It is said to be the southern branch under which Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment. And it's the oldest living human-planted tree. Recommend visiting this place early morning or in the evening. You can learn so much about the buddhism and the history from here. Also you can walk to Ruwanveliseya from here.
Written January 7, 2020
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Richard j
Markham, Canada393 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
One of the many sacred sites at Anuradhapura, but one of more transporting. It feels like a truly special place.

Modest attire is a must. They take this seriously, but is also the respectful thing to do.

Definitely a must see if you are in the area.
Written January 1, 2020
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Sipke vink
Cairns, Australia206 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
They say you can’t get closer where Buddha got his enlightenment from , it’s been guarded for the last 2000 years be aware the top section closes between 12am and 2 pm
Written March 11, 2020
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Akshina L
Colombo, Sri Lanka50 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
Sri Maha Bodhi Temple is one of the most sacred places in Sri Lanka.It is a very important place for Buddhists.It is told that a visit to Anuradhapura isn't complete without a visit to Sri Maha Bodiya and Ruwanweliseya.You should dress properly when visiting this site.White colour clothing is more preferred.No sleeveless tops or shorts..
Written September 2, 2015
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worldnomad_01
Los Angeles, CA1,634 contributions
Nov 2018
It is a simple, newish temple with nothing special about it, except for the fact that on its ground there is a tree which purportedly originated from the tree under which Gautama Siddhartha attained enlightenment and thus became known as Buddha. We visited the place on a holiday and the temple was alive: large crowds, families with children, parents, grandparents, all dressed in white, some carrying flowers or other offerings, all coming to the temple for a prayer or some meditation... We spent some time quietly, just watching them and that gave us a better about the place and its people....
Written December 9, 2018
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Malki S
Bentota, Sri Lanka58 contributions
Sep 2018 • Family
This is a very special place for Buddhists all over the world. This bo tree is considered to be the oldest tree in history. The mother Bo tree of this sacred tree had given shade to the lord Buddha when he was achieving enlightenment. That way this is a highly respected and is worshipped by Buddhists. Even if you are not a Buddhist this is a place where you can meditate and see the sacred tree and also learn about the buddhist culture.
Written October 6, 2018
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Vachintha Piyadasa
Colombo, Sri Lanka1,835 contributions
Oct 2017 • Family
The southern branch of the sacred Bodhi tree, where Lord Buddha achieved the eternal bliss of Nibbana 2600 years ago, was brought to Sri Lanka by Sanghamitta MahaTheree in 236 BC. King Devanampiyatissa planted this Bodhi tree in Maha Meghavana Udyanaya, under the guidance of Mihindu Maha Thero and since then, this highly sacred Bodhi has become one of the most respected icons of Buddhists from all over the world. The age of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi is said to be 2,247 years and thus, this is also known as the oldest living tree in the world.
Written August 27, 2018
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Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, Anuradhapura