Sri Mahabodhi is one of the most sacred places among the Buddhist devotees, as it is a straight sapling from the main Bo (fig) tree from Bodh Gaya, where Lord Buddha obtained Nirvana.
King Thissa received the sapling from the emissaries of King Asoka as a gift of good faith. Even during the great wars, when the Kingdom of Anuradhapura, was deserted as the capital of Sri Lanka, the devoted villagers lit up a pyre to protect the Bo (fig) tree, from the wild elephants and animals and it became a habit of the villagers to collect firewood for the year on a one specific date, this tradition continues till to date. This tradition is called the Deramiti Perahara.
Though Sri Maha Bodhiya is a religious place for many Buddhists and is visited by the Buddhists all around the world, many individuals from other religions too come and visit the Bodhiya for the peace and tranquility it offers to one’s mind. The shade from the seven bo (fiag) trees planted around the Sri Maha Bodhiya as the guardian Bo Trees gives the darkness for the devotees creating a relaxed atmosphere admits of the hot climate of Anuradhapura.
One of the prominent features of Sri MahaBodhiya is the Prarthana Bo tree, and many devotees believe that this bo tree has the power to grant their wishes and every person who visits the Sri Maha Bodhiya, make an offering to this tree as an exchange to allow their aspirations for prosperity.
Every day, there are sermon sessions organized, and many Buddhist devotees visit the bodhiya premises. The whole atmosphere is filled with the fragrances of the incense sticks and the bright lights of the oil lamps. More tourists visits the sacred place early morning 6.00 am as it is the best place to see sunrise in Anuaradpura ancient city.
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