Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Anuradhapura

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Kamal P
Byron Bay, Australia3,047 contributions
It is the totally relaxed feeling that one enjoys at this sacred place of worship venerated by the Buddhists from all over the world. Early in the morning surroundings were very tranquil and comfortable, before the area got warmer with the days hot sun and before the premise got filled with larger numbers of devotees. Environment was very calm and conducive for a moment in silent meditation. Entire precinct has so many Bodhi trees escorting the sacred Bodhi tree which is at the highest terrace. It is known to be the oldest surviving planted tree in the world with a recorded history.

The granite balustrades are very attractive with beautiful motifs engraved in to them.
Written May 4, 2020
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Rambling R
Melbourne, Australia121 contributions
We arrived to see the Sri Maha Bodhi on the morning of Christmas Day, Following gift-bearsing Buddhist devotees, we gained a wonderful sense of peace and wellbeing. On entering the site, we visited the altar before staring at wonder at this ancient tree, allegedly the oldest human-planted tree on earth. The huge fig is supported, so no branch will ever fall, despite their great length and huge weight. This place is a testament to faith of a gentle people. For me, in the magical country of Sri Lanka, I could not think of a better and more appropriate place to spend Christmas morning.
Written January 29, 2020
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abroadwithashley
Minneapolis, MN1,131 contributions
The area around the tree is well built up so you will mostly be seeing the branches of this very old sacred tree. That being said, you will not be alone in this, and the crowds of people paying homage and chanting will make up for what you miss from the tree itself. The entire experience is however long you choose to make it. Give it at least 30 minutes and do your best to soak up all the moments that are happening at this feast of the senses.
Written February 10, 2020
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada3,916 contributions
Children of Emperor Asoka of India brought to Sri Lanka a branch of the tree under which Buddha found enlightenment. It is one of the three sites Sri Lankan Buddhists must visit. Now over 2,300 years old, the tree is partly held up by gold works. Devotees attend to provide food for the tree, sometimes in processions.
Written January 21, 2020
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Sunil F
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The most secared Bo Tree is over 2500 years old.The main Bo tree is in Buddha Gaya in India. So much sentimental value to Buddhist People. The Temple is open to everyone to visit. The Temple is in the Aunradhapura Ruin City in Sri Lanka.
Written February 12, 2020
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Pradeep Kumar Mishra
Bhubaneswar, India265 contributions
One of the most magnificent place in Anuradhapura. The spirituality and the presence of Lord Buddha can be felt once someone is near the age old tree. Beneath the tree the magnificent Buddha Temple with all Blue Lily flowers is worth to see.
Written March 16, 2020
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Alice S
Lund, Sweden602 contributions
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Again a hard place to review. It depends on what you like. I knew that the tree wouldn't be big or look particularly special, but if you expect something extraordinary you'll be dissapointed. What is special about the place is that the tree is taken from the original tree where the Buddha is said to have achieved enlightenment. Just that it is a 2000 year old tree is quite amazing, no matter what it looks like. Also to get to observe the reverence the locals pay the tree is fascinating. I suppose it is sometimes loud, confusing and the offerings litter the place. But as long as you know why you go it might be a good experience.
Written December 22, 2021
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JChandrasekera
Berlin, Germany39 contributions
This most sacred tree is worshiped by all Buddhists in Sri Lanka(foreigneres too).
Gauthama Buddha attained enlightenment under the Southern branch of Sri Maha Bodhi at Buddhagaya in India.
Please observe dress code of white (ensure legs & shoulders are covered)as a mark of respect.
Written February 1, 2020
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Ushijay
Germany4 contributions
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One of the most sacred places for every Buddhist, it's the oldest tree with recorded history in the world. It's blessed shade provide infinite comfort to everyone as it provided same to Lord Buddha, helping him to attain the enlightenment. Utmost respect in attire and behavior is expected from every visitor here.
Written February 21, 2020
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dianedinky
253 contributions
Personally, this place did nothing for me. Hugely sentimental and sacred if you are Sri Lankan or indeed a Buddhist but as a vanilla tourist it was nothing special. Sorry. But there are many more impressive sights in the country to see if you are limited for time.
Written February 13, 2020
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