Sri Maha Bodhiya

The much revered and sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya (Bo Tree) – which originates from the Sri Maha Bodhiya Bo Tree, in Bodhi Gaya India, which is said to have provided shelter for Lord Buddha as he attained enlightenment – is venerated by thousands of Buddhist pilgrims who flock to Anuradhapura.

Considered to be the oldest tree in recorded history (over 2,200 years old) and 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.

Since the original Sri Maha Bodhiya in India was destroyed by a monarch of a different faith, thousands of devotees come from all over the world to Anuradhapura to worship the Bo tree. Sri Maha Bodhiya is only about 28 km away from Ulagalla and can be reached within 30 minutes.

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