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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi: World’s Oldest Planted Tree

Posted by on March 20, 2014

I know I just wrote about how I don’t give a crap about religious sites, but I happen to be a huge tree fan.

The Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi was grown from a cutting of the original Bodhi tree, under which Buddha sat and from where he gained enlightenment.

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi tree, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

The Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi tree in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

While the Indian original has since died of old age and been replaced, its Sri Lankan offspring has gone on to become the oldest living, human-planted tree in the world with a verified date. It was planted in 288 BC and has had an unbroken line of caretakers ever since – for over 2000 years!

As you can see, golden crutches have been implemented to help support the tree’s branches.

Golden crutches support the branches of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi tree

Golden crutches support its branches

The complex is an unimaginably peaceful place. Monkeys and herons occupy the grounds together in peace, giant ants wrestle eternal in the sand and barefoot Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world come to experience the sense of spirituality. Other, younger Bodhi trees – sacred fig trees – surround the main stupa and protect the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi from the monkeys, bats and storms.

Monkey in grounds of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi tree

A very peaceful place

Monkeys and herons at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi tree

Monkeys and herons occupy the grounds in peace

World's oldest living, dated, human-planted tree

The world’s oldest living, dated tree planted by human hands

If you want to go, it’s in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

2 Responses to Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi: World’s Oldest Planted Tree

  1. Ruthie

    A post that really conjures up how it must feel to be there – very interesting!

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