Sri Maha Bodhi

holy tree in Sri Lanka

The Sri Maha Bodhi is a Sacred Fig tree in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. The site where it's on, Sacred City of Anuradhapura, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. [1]

Site where Sri Maha Bodhi is

It is said to be a tree grown from a sapling from the famous Bodhi tree where the first Buddha became enlightened. It brought down by Mihindu (Mahinda) and Sanghamitta. It was planted in 288 BC. It is the oldest living human-planted tree in the world with a known planting date. [2]

It was planted on a high terrace about 6.5 m (21.3 ft) above the ground. It is surrounded by railings to protect it. It is one of the most sacred objects of the Buddhists in Sri Lanka, and respected by Buddhists all over the world.

Its wall was built during the reign of King Kirthi Sri Rajasingha, to protect it from wild elephants which might have attacked the tree.


In the 3rd century BC, the Buddha's fig tree was brought to Sri Lanka by Sangamitta, daughter of Emperor Asoka and founder of an order of Buddhist nuns, in Sri Lanka.

In 249 BC, Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi was planted in the Mahameghavana Park in Anuradhapura by King Devanampiyatissa.

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  1. Centre, UNESCO World Heritage. "Sacred City of Anuradhapura". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  2. migration (2015-03-13). "7 things to know about Sri Lanka's Sri Maha Bodhi tree, visited by India's PM Modi". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2020-08-22.

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