|The Sacred Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura
Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi
"In Sri Lanka, there grows to this day, a tree,
the oldest historical tree in the world which we know
certainly to have been planted as a cutting from the
Bodhi tree in the year 245 B.C."
- H.G. Wells
The Sacred Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura is reckoned as the
oldest surviving historical tree in the world. It was brought to Sri Lanka
by the Theri Sangamitta, daughter of Emperor Asoka and was planted in the
Mahameghavana Park in Anuradhapura in 249 BC by King Devanampiyatissa. It
is said to be the southern branch of the Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi at Buddha
Gaya in India under which Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment.
Mahavamsa or the Great Chronicle of the Sinhalese provides an elaborate
account of the establishment of the Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi in the island.
Bodhi means wisdom that understands the four Noble Truths. Thus the tree
which assisted Lord Buddha to achieve wisdom or enlightenment is called