It was a perfect day to visit Anuradhapura. We had to catch the train from Colombo fort station at 6.45 am and we were on our way to the ancient city of Anuradhapura Sri Lanka. It took about 4 hrs to reach Anuradhapura station. The next challenge was to get three wheeler (tuk tuk) for a good price to reach our guest house, located near the famous “Sri Maha Bodhi”, a Buddhist pilgrimage site.
Sri Maha Bodiya Anuradhapura
After a delicious rice and curry, it was time for a good nap, avoiding the heat. Later in the afternoon we dressed up in white and walked to the “Sri Maha Bodhi”, the sacred tree. Sri Maha Bodiya is the southern branch of the sacred Bodhi tree “Sri Maha Bodhi” from India, where lord Buddha has attained enlightenment. “Sri Maha Bodiya” was brought to Sri Lanka by “Sangamiththa Thera” and planted in Anuradhapura by “King Devanampiya tissa” in 288 B.C. As usual, the place was packed by many Buddhist pilgrims who have come to worship the sacred tree.
Late evening, we went to see Ruwanweli Maha Seya which is another sacred Buddhist site in Anuradhapura. This spectacular Dagoba was built in 140 B.C. by King Dutugamunu, a great king who once ruled Sri Lanka. The white Dagoba looked very beautiful in the night and the surrounding was quite spectacular and magical.
It was a magical and spiritual evening for us, one of these moments you like to remember for a long time…
Anuradhapura is located in the North West of Sri Lanka. It was the first royal capital of the island, and has always been a very popular pilgrimage site for Buddhists. Apart from the religious sites, the city is very interesting for its remains of palaces, university and water tanks. In the surroundings, you can visit some minor historical sites, or have a jeep safari in Wilpattu National park.