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One of the most important places of worship at Anuradhapura is The Sri Maha Bodhi, the oldest historically documented tree in the world, dating back to over 2000 years with clear documentation.

This Bodhi Tree (Ficus Religiosa) has been grown from the same tree under which the Siddhartha Gautama, meditated until he attained enlightenment and Buddhahood, more than 2500 years ago, at Buddhagaya in India .

The sapling of the Sri Maha Bodhi was brought to Sri Lanka as a gift from the Emperor Asoka of India , shortly after the introduction of Buddhism to the country by the Arahat Mahinda, the son of Asoka. The person chosen to bring the bodhi sapling was Sangmittha, the daughter of Asoka.

Through the centuries the Sri Maha Bodi has been venerated by Buddhists in Sri Lanka and the world over. Successive kings have taken steps to protect it, as seen by the several retaining walls around it. Today it is looked after as a national treasure by botanists, specially appointed by the Government. The gilded fence around it known as the Ran Veta, is a recent offering made through public contribution.

Devotees make many offerings to the Sri Maha Bodhi. The most common are the prayer flags which are hung on its branches.

Sri Lanka 's ancient cities are also the centres of the irrigation works of the past. Massive reservoirs built to collect rain water, river diversions, giant aqueducts and miles long irrigation channels are proof of a civilization highly developed in the science of irrigation, hydraulics and water management.

Most of these ancient irrigation works such as the Tissa Wewa, Bas –Awakkulama ans Nuwara Wewa at Anuradhpura : the massive Parakrama Samudra or Sea of Parakrama , Giritale and Minneriya in the Polonnaruwa region, the Kalawewa and Balaluwewa still provide water to irrigate the rice fields of the rice farmers of the dry zone in Sri Lanka .



Anuradhapura Hotels

Hotel Rating Location Room Rate in US $ Room Type Validity period
Hotel Randiya   Anuradhapura 50 58 78  STANDARD - BB 01-02-2012 - 31-10-2012
Hotel Randiya   Anuradhapura 64 69 -  DELUXE - BB 01-02-2012 - 31-10-2012
Galway Miridiya Lodge   Anuradhapura 60 69 86 STANDARD - BB 01-11-2011 - 31-10-2012






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