Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka - Part II - 4 B.C. to 10 A.D.

Sri Maha Bodhi


The most revered site in Anuradhapura is the Sri Maha Bodhi, the sacred bodhi tree.  This tree has been grown from a cutting of the original bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, India under which the Buddha attained enlightenment.  This bodhi tree is the oldest documented tree in the world with a chronicled history stretching back over 2,000 years.  It was one of our favorite sites in Anuradhapura because of the bustling activity of devotees and priests.  Although a busy place of worship, the Sri Maha Bodhi retains a sense of tranquility and peacefulness that makes it so special.
The Entrance to the Sri Maha Bodhi or Sacred Bodhi Tree.  Devotees Hand their Offerings to Priests who are the Only People Allowed on the Highest Platform where the Bodhi Tree Stands.
A Guardstone at the Entrance to the Sri Maha Bodhi.
Hundreds of Prayer Flags Adorn the Grounds Surrounding the Sacred Bodhi Tree.  The Faithful Say a Prayer, Tie a Flag to a Sacred Site and Believe that the Wind will Take their Prayer to the Buddha.
Offerings of Lotus Flowers and Rice at the Base of the Sri Maha Bodhi.  The Lotus Flower is a Symbol of Buddhism and the Enlightenment that Buddhists Strive to Attain.
Damaged Buddha Statues Line One of the Walls Surrounding the Sri Maha Bodhi.  Even in their Ruined State, these Statues Retain their Artistic Beauty.
One of the Many Beautiful Murals Around the Temple Grounds.
Offerings of Incense and Cocunut Oil Lamps Create a Speacial Atmosphere at the Sri Maha Bodhi.  The Wonderful Smell of the Cocunut Oil Wafts through the Air as you Stroll Around the Temple Grounds.
The Graceful Swirls of the Sinhala Language Carved in Stone.
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka - Part I