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Places to Visit in Anuradhapura – Hub of Buddhist Temple

by Mani Mughal
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Anuradhapura is the Sacred City of Sri Lanka located North Central Province at a distance of approximately 200 km from Colombo. Anuradhapura established in the 4th century BC used to be a capital of Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura is a holy city of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and currently, the capital of North Central Province. This revered city was founded around a trimming from the ‘tree of enlightenment’, the Buddha’s fig tree, introduced there in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. Several Buddhism temples exist in the city which attracts many travellers. Besides temples, the city also has got mountains and historical places to see. Below are top  places to visit in Anuradhapura.

Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba

It may be just a tourist place for vacationers, but for Buddhism Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba is religious & historical. Some part of the original building has gone a long time. However, still, a huge building does exist which covering itself with a white colorRuwanwelisaya Dagoba looks very impressive because of its gigantic stupa that was built by King Dutugamunu. Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba is extremely important for Buddhist so on Poya days (Full moon day) this place turn into a crowded place with Buddhist followers. The white and black combination at night makes viewing an eye-catching. Although the place remains open for 24 hours, the best time to visit Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba is in the morning or in the evening. Since it’s a religious place so you’ve to remove your shoes outside so It’s suggested to bring a pair of socks. The car parking is available there.No entrance fee is required to visit Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba.
Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba night

Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba at night

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

Have you ever imagined where is the first human-planted exist?  Can you guess?
No,
Let me introduce Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. It is the oldest human-planted trees in the world as claimed by Buddhist followers. I don’t know whether it’s true or not, but as per Budhist claim it is the oldest human-planted trees in the world that was planted by a Buddha. It’s also believed that Jaya Sri Maha Bodh was planted in 249 BC by Theri Sangamitta, daughter of Emperor Asoka which means it’s reckoned age is approximately is 2,247 years. The tree I located a few KM away from the main city. On your arrival, you will notice many Buddhists doing worship in white dresses.On Full moon days and weekends, thousands of people come from all over Sri Lanka to worship and attain blessing so it’s suggested to tourist don’t go on these days to avoid the crowd. The best time to visit in the morning. There are a lot of monkeys playing around so take care of your valued items.
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Tree

Jaya Sri Maha BodhiJaya Sri Maha Bodhi

Thuparamaya

Back into 250BC – 210BC won the instruction of Mahinda Thero who brought Buddhism to the Sri Lanka Thuparamaya was developed. It’s also a sacred place for Buddhism as it was the very stupa in Sri Lanka which was built in the early days of the Buddhism. It’s situated in the sacred area of the Mahamewna park about 1 km far from the Ruwanweliseya Dagabaf. Mostly tourist found it a relaxing place. There were 176 support beams which backed this set-up house and in 1896, 31 complete pillars with capitals have been standing. Thuparamaya total cove more than 3-acre area and up to 5000 monks can stay here.

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Thuparamaya STupathuparamaya

 

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