The sacred Bodhi tree or Mahabodhi (Sri Maha Bodhi), Anuradhapura

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The sacred Bodhi tree or Mahabodhi (Sri Maha Bodhi) is the most revered place of pilgrimage in Anuradhapura. There is always a lot of people, and not only during religious holidays. It is considered the oldest tree planted by man, having a documented history and all planted later and growing now in Sri Lanka, the Bodhi tree (or Bo) are its branches (even his ancestor from India (the city of Bodh Gaya) died, and in its place put the process of Inury). In its essence the same, the Mahabodhi Tree is one of the varieties of ficus.

The Appendix of this wood taken from the trunk of the Bo Tree, under which he attains enlightenment, the Buddha, and brought the nun Sanghamitta (Sanghamitta, daughter of Indian Emperor Asoka (Ashoka) in the third century BC from India. Put him king Devanampiya Tissa (Devanampiya Tissa, St. 307-267 BC) in 249 BC.

The tree itself grows on the pedestal 6.5 m high and surrounded by a gilded railing, some leaning branches are supported by props. On the outer perimeter of he planted trees to protect it from animals and the elements, then another wall with railings. Unfortunately, up close to him is impossible, the entrances are closed and there is security. Near the Tree there is a small Buddhist temple.

In 1929, at the Bodhi tree was made the crazy attack, in which one barrel had been cut down, but still second. And in 1985, a terrorist organization, the liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had indiscriminately shot people, killed dozens of people. For this reason, today in front of the territory organized inspection of things (separate for men and women), here you need to leave the shoes.

In December and June, there were the days of poya (Poya) - the most important religious holidays associated with the birth of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. All the arriving pilgrims dressed, usually in white robes.

In 140 metres East of the entrance there is an organized Parking (surcharge).

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 200 rupees (cm currency of Sri Lanka, the exchange rate).

🚶 How to get: the Bodhi Tree on the interactive map of Anuradhapura

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admin 30 November, 2017
The site presents guides to Central cities and sites of Sri Lanka:
The cultural triangle
Adam's Peak
Forest Sinharaja
Nuwara Eliya
The guides will be supplemented.
In this topic you can ask questions and discuss travelling to these places. Changes to the guides are appreciated :SUPER ...
Competent 5 January, 2018
Correct though Pinnawella at Pinnawala. In English, too. ...
admin 5 January, 2018

Thanks for noticing. As it turns out, the first time for you to remember and pronounce then. It was also with Polonnaruwa-Polonnaruwa for a long time myself retrained. ...
AMN Oct 10, 2018
Assalamu Alaikum.
I would like to ask. can I find in Sri Lanka Halal food
thank you.
and sorry for the mistakes ...
admin October, 10, 2018

Hello! Yes, I can, but this kitchen is not very widespread. Looking for Muslim hotels, if they operate such restaurants. ...
Павел112244466 11 November, 2018
Here you write "you can still get from Matara to Bandarawela" what kind of bus? What's the number? As he goes ?? If you write a guide, write all the information or just certain. ...
helka November 19, 2018
Good day, tell me whether in Polonnaruwa storage or where to leave bags if you arrive there in the morning, walk around the Ancient city, and then go by bus to Kandy. ...
admin 19 November, 2018

Not sure what injury is there. Rather rather sure that they are not, because there is the entrance and ticket control on-street storage no. Maybe there is something in the office selling tickets, but it is unlikely that the Sri Lankans before this would have thought of. If you really look for a place where to leave things, it is best to railway station so should be storage, as on all other stations. Well, in case you can try to negotiate for a nominal amount of staff offices for the sale of tickets or to go into the first hotel and the clerk to negotiate. The last version working and tested 100%.
And generally I on your place would think if you can master this route without lodging. I can understand if it's a tour or car with driver. But to come in a new strange city, to find a place where to leave your Luggage, find the cashier, to get to the entrance, navigate through the vast territory... besides, you need something to get around distances. Will have to find a tuk-tuk for the whole day. IMHO, knowing how difficult travel in hot countries, I would come in the evening, slept, and bright and early the next day I began to explore the Park. ...
helka December 2, 2018
Thank you very much for the reply. The fact that we were coming and so in the morning, so will spend the night in Dambulla, and was planning to rent a tuk tuk for the whole day.
About things have already booked a cheap guest house, where they leave it at that. )) And I hope the night will be in Kandy, because if you come to Polonnaruwa in 10 hours then to 16 hours the time I think that would be enough to see the most important thing, especially on a tuk tuk. ...
admin December 2, 2018

Well, in principle Yes, 6 hours on a tuk-tuk. Determine for yourself the most important thing to look at. I hope our guide to Polonnaruwa read. ...