Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Sri Maha Bodhi Temple Anuradhapura

(The Bodhi Tree, also known as Bo and peepal tree, is a large and very old sacred fig tree located in India and the neighboring countries.)

The linden tree, Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, is located in Anuradhapura North Central Province, Sri Lanka.

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Going to Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Temple

This is the side gate of the Wel Bhodhiya Temple.

This is the side gate of the Sri Maha Bodhi Temple.

Queen of the king Maurya Asoka who prospered in those days in India in the third century B.C. carried the young plant of the linden tree of Gautama Buddha (founder of Buddhism), and King of Anuradhapura planted a tree in here which was a capital then.

The precincts of the temple.

The precincts of the temple.

The Temple of Sri Maha Bodhi

The Temple of Sri Maha Bodhi

Stone steps up to the hall

Stone steps up to the hall

The hall of Sri Maha Bodhi

The little shrine of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

Lovely Buddha images in the shrine.

Lovely Buddha images in the shrine.

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

It is the world oldest tree planted by a human hand in B.C. 288.

There is the Hindu temple in the precincts, too.

There is the Hindu temple in the precincts, too.

When people wish for divine favor, they visit the Hindu temple.

When people wish for divine favor, they visit the Hindu temple.

The main hall of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Temple and its interior

The main hall of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Temple and its interior

Flora that grows in the yard of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Templ; Bodhi tree blossoms and leaves, water lilies and unknown yelow blossoms.

Flora that grows in the yard of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Templ; Bodhi tree blossoms and leaves, water lilies and unknown yelow blossoms.

Leaving the Sri Maha Bodhi Temple.

Leaving the Sri Maha Bodhi Temple.

Main road approaching the shrine of Sri Maha Bodhi

Main road approaching the shrine of Sri Maha Bodhi

On the road, I met  elementary schoolchildren and found Brazen palace (Lovamahapaya).

Elementary schoolchildren, making a field trip to the traditional history.

Elementary schoolchildren, making a field trip to the traditional history.

Brazen palace (Lovamahapaya)

Brazen palace (Lovamahapaya)

Lovamahapaya is a building situated between Ruvanveliseya Stupa and Sri Maha Bodhi. It is also known as the Brazen Palace because the roof was covered with bronze tiles. In ancient times, the building included the refectory and the uposathagara (training field of monks).

Lovamahapaya

Lovamahapaya

Brazen Palace is a orginally big wooded building secured with a wide range of stone columns.  One side of the building was 120 m in length. There are 40 rows, each row consisting of 40 stone pillars, for a total of 1600 pillars.

Legends may carry you to a great history conveying about unbelievable engineers and builders of Sri Lanka at that time.

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