Saturday, November 30, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
|The 'Sri Maha Bodhi', Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. The branch supported by gold posts is the branch from the original tree at Buddha Gaya, India, brought to Sri Lanka by Theri Sanghamitta more than 2000 years ago.|
|The 'Dolosmahe pahane' (the 12 month lamp). Devotees pour small amounts of coconut oil into a funnel on the side. This oil falls into the lamp and is collected below it. This oil is used to keep the lamp burning for the twelve months of the year.|
|A tree trimmed of a branch at the site.|
|An ancient building in the premises. Note the pillars made out of cut granite at a time when concrete was unheard of. Note also the stairway with the two 'Guard-stones'.|
Ven. Anandha by Lord Buddha. It produced a sapling which was planted at Sravasthy, India, during Lord Buddha's life time. It is called the 'Ananda Bo tree' and is still in existence. A branch of the original Bo tree was brought to Sri Lanka by Theri Sanghamittha in the 2nd Century BC. This is the one now existing at Anuradhapura. It had many saplings produced in its lifetime. One of the earliest now in existence is at 'Thanthrimale'. With present day techniques, DNA studies on this plant and making comparisons with the 'Ananda Bo tree' at Srawasthy and the Bo tree standing now at Buddha Gaya, India, could give us valuable historical data.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
|The entrance to the sacred site of the Sri Maha Bodhi, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.|
|Stairway entrance with a 'guard-stone' on either side.|
|'Moon-stone' at the bottom of the stair-way.|
'Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi (Sinhala:ජය ශ්රි මහා බොධිය) is a Sacred Fig tree in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It is said to be the southern branch from the historical Bodhi tree Sri Maha Bodhi at Bodh Gaya in India under which Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment. It was planted in 288 BC, and is the oldest living human-planted tree in the world with a known planting date. Today it is one of the most sacred relics of the Buddhists in Sri Lanka and respected by Buddhists all over the world.
The other fig trees that surround the sacred tree protect it from storms and animals such as monkeys, bats, etc....'. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaya_Sri_Maha_Bodhi
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
'Mirisawetiya was the first dagaba built by the great king Dutugamunu. Great King Dutugamunu built the mirisa wetiya in 161 -137 BC and united Sri Lanka under one flag. Sri lankans believed that King Dutugamunu had a sceptre that contained a sacred relic of the Buddha. While going to the tank "Tissawewa", for a water festival, the King has planted the scepter in a certain place. When he came back, it is said that his men could not remove the sceptre from the place. Witnessing the miracle, the King decided to build a dagaba enclosing the scepter. Thus was the creation of Mirisawetiya. The significance of the sceptre is the fact that this was the king's "victory sceptre" for his battles with Elara, and by building the Dagaba around it shows the tremendous dedication that the King had for Buddhism and his spirituality'.
'There are several believes about the Mirisavetiya name and most populer belive is. It is a custom among Buddhists whenever food is partaken, some of it is symbolically offered to the holy monks. In Sinhala, "Mirisaweitiya" comes from "Miris-Wetiya", which means a pod of Chillie. It is rumored that the King once forgot to offer a pod of chillie to the Monks before eating . As a token of apology, it is said that the King named the Dagaba "Mirisawetiya"' – Web-link:-
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
|The procession conducting the priests to the venue of the 'Sivura pavaereema'.|
|Being conducted to the 'Seema maluwa' float.|
|On the float.|
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Friday, November 22, 2013
'Sivura paevareema' - the giving of a robe to a Buddhist priest at the end of 'Vas', Avissawella, Sri Lanka.
|The damed up stream with an artificial pond|
|The float on empty steel drums being decorated.|
|Fresh flowers being threaded.|
The retreat of Buddhist monks during the rainy season of the year is called 'Vas'. The book of 'Vinaya' - rules of the Buddhist canon - has rules regarding the observance of 'Vas'. At the end of 'Vas' there is an act called 'Sivura pavaereema'. This involves the giving of a fresh set of robes to the monk. The robe during the Saakyamuni's presence on earth was made by collecting the clothing covering corpses and from these a patch-work robe was stitched. This was then washed, dyed, allowed to dry and was given to the monk. The present day rituals in Sri Lanka involves laymen buying a white linen cloth, cutting it, making a robe by stitching, washing and dyeing it and then drying it. A special enclosure called a 'Seema maluwa' is made on land or water. The priests taking part in the ceremony have to confess any transgressions made to another monk of 'Upasampadaa' rank. If there are no transgressions demanding dismissal - 'Paaraajika' - the monks are led to the enclosure. The monks then do the donation of the robe ceremonially, reciting the appropriate 'Gaathas'. No one else is allowed to enter this 'Seema maluwa' other than monks holding a rank of 'Upasampadaa'.
The above are some of the scenes of preparation for this event held for the Chief Monk, Rev Gonagala Somaloka, at the Sri Jayabodhi Vihara, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.
These traditions have been observed in Sri Lanka for more than 2000 years.
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Thursday, November 21, 2013
'6th Century Gupta style carving. The woman, seated on the man's lap, lifts a warning finger, probably as a manifestation of her coyness; but the man carries on regardless. The figures may represent Dutugemunu's son Saliya and the low caste (Sadol Kula) maiden Asokamala whom he loved. It's known that he gave up the throne for her.
‘Siddha mahayaha kuni – maha (la) ka Asala yaha (di) ni’ [Hail! The cell of Mahaya is given to Venerable Asalaya]
The above Brahmi inscription was inscribed at the original place where the Isurumuniya Lovers were originally sculptured and placed. It is a special one as a letters in this inscription is 3 inches x 4 inches in size. After donating Vessagiriya to Maha Sangha this sculpture would have been removed and placed at its present place. The Lovers in the sculptured plaque are King Kuvera Vaisrawana and his Queen Kuni. Ramayana states that Vaisrawana who lived in Vessagiriya ruled Sri Lanka from Lankapura before Rawana'. (Refer Sri Lanka Rawana Rajadhaniya – Ariyadasa Seneviratna Chapter 9)
IIt has been claimed by some that the 'mudra' of the right hand of the female figure, indicates a
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
|The top of the rock where the Sacred Footprint is worked in stone.|
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
|Under an overhanging rock.|
|Early stage of cracking open a boulder.|
|A decorative door-way made from granite.|
Monday, November 18, 2013
|View from the far side of the pond.|
|A stone carving of a squirrel?|
|The Buddha image under the overhanging rock.|
|Scenes from the life of Lord Buddha.|