Thursday, November 28, 2013

'Sri Maha Bodhi', Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

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,[1][2][3][4] and is the oldest living human-planted tree in the world with a known planting date.[5] 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....'. -