Ran Kanda: The Golden Tree

Śrī Maha Bodhi
The Sacred Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura

The Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi shrine is reventially referred to by the Buddhist devotees as Uda Maluwa. Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi is also referred to as Jaya Siri Maha Bo Hamuduruwo, Udamaluwe Bodhi Sami and Siri Maha Bodheen Vahanse.

The entirety of the Maha Bodhi shrine popularly known as Uda Maluwa or the upper terrace actually consists of five maluwas or terraces in ascending order from the main entrance namely; Welimaluwa, Viharamaluwa, Devalamaluwa, Udamaluwa and Ranvetamaluwa. The Welimaluwa is studded with many Bo trees which are commonly called Parivarabodhi and several shrine rooms. The largest shrine room is located in the Viharamaluwa.

The Devalage dedicated to the deity Kaludevatabandara is situated in the Devatamaluwa. Next is Udamaluwa which supports the first Ranveta or the Golden Railing. The Ranvetamaluwa lies above the Udamaluwa which is the repository of the Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi often reverentially referred to by the Sinhala Buddhists as the Rankanda or the Golden Tree.

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