Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya Anuradhapura
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya
The holy city of Anuradhapura is actually nominated by the UNESCO as a World Heritage. The primary reason for the historical city of Anuradhapura to turn into a sacred city was in fact the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.
This sacred tree is actually planted within the historical Maha Meghavana royal park in Anuradhapura in the month of ‘Unduvap’ (November), 236 BC, in accordance with the authored facts. The sacred Bodhi sapling has been ceremonially brought here by arahant Sanghamitra Maha Theri, according to directions of arahant Mahendra Maha Thero. King Devanam Piyatissa who actually reigned over Sri Lanka in this period has planted this Bodhi tree with great pageantry in the Maha Meghavana royal park dedicated to the venerable bhikkhus. The present age of the Anuradhapura Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi is 2,247 years.
Lord Gautama Buddha is esteemed as being the supreme human being appeared on earth. He attained Samma Sambodhi, enlightenment, sitting with his back against it underneath the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi tree of Buddhagaya, India. The Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi of Anuradhapura being the southern branch of that sacred Bodhi tree is the second most distinctive reason.
Within a short period of bringing the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi sapling to Sri Lanka, the actual Bodhi tree of India was destroyed by Queen Thishyarakkha, a queen of Emperor Dharmashoka observing a different faith. The actual saplings sprouted from the roots were destroyed twice due to hostilities combined with natural disasters. It is a fourth generation Bodhi tree that dwells in Buddhagaya at the moment.
However, what we see living in Anuradhapura stands out as the southern branch belonging to the initial Bodhi tree underneath which Gautama Buddha was seated with his back against it. For that reason, the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi tree of Anuradhapura is the sole sacred relic in the whole world corresponding to the actual living Buddha, which continues to be sanctified by the touch of the Lord Buddha and was subjected to the actual homage of the esteemed one himself for one whole week through ‘Animisa Lochana Pooja’.
It is a specialty here that, this highly sacred Bodhi could possibly be seen and worshipped by all people without hindrance.