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The Sri Mahabodhi Tree

Rich in historical value, the holy city of Anuradhapura is where the sacred tree Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya is found. It is revered for being the southern branch of the ancient Sri Maha Bodhiya at Bodhi Gaya in India, which provided shelter for Lord Buddha as he attained enlightenment. This much respected Bo tree dating back over 2200 years soars to its glorious height in the historical Maha Meghavana royal park and is considered the oldest tree with a recorded history. One of the most sacred relics for Buddhists all over the world, Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya was brought to the country by Sanghamitra Thera and was planted by the then reigning monarch, King Devanampiyatissa.

Following the arrival of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya to the island, the main Bodhi tree in India was destroyed by the queen of a king who was observing a different faith. Thus, surrounded by railings, the precious Bo tree lies on a high terrace of nearly 6.5 metres, worshipped by hordes of devotees who arrive here from all corners of the country.

With such great religious significance for Buddhists and historical significance for all, Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya is among the must visit Anuradhapura attractions. It can be easily reached from the Ulagalla Resort which is only about 28 km away with a travel time of approximately 30 to 40 minutes.

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