Saturday, November 30, 2013

'Sri Maha Bodhi', Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

The road from the 'Sri Maha Bodhi' to 'Ruwanweli Saeya'.

A view of the top of the 'Ruwanweli Saeya' from the Sri Maha Bodhi'.

'Maha Vihara' Alms hall.

Ruins of the 'Alms hall'.

Friday, November 29, 2013

'Sri Maha Bodhi', Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

The 'Makara' emblem used to line a stairway of an old building at the site.
 The 'Makara' is described in the Rupavaliya as follows:-
'The makara has the trunk of an elephant, the feet of a lion, the ears of a pig, the body of a fish living in water, the teeth turned outwards, eyes like Hanuman's, and a splendid tail'. -'Mediaeval Sinhalese art' by Ananda K Coomaraswamy (1908)

Water lily flowers awaiting sale to the devotees.

Buds of water lilies.

Flowers on a tree in the premises.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

'Sri Maha Bodhi', Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

The entrance to the site.
An ancient 'Guard-stone' chiselled out of granite..
Devotees offering fresh flowers.
The sacred 'Bo tree' with a fence of gold railings.
After bringing Buddhism to Sri Lanka by Mahinda Thero in 250 BC Emperor Asoka in India sent his daughter Theri Sanghamitta to the island with a branch of the Sacred Bodhi obtained from the main stem of the bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya under which Buddha attained enlightenment. The king Tissa received the sapling and planted it at the present site in 249 BC. Taking this information to account today (in 2013) the Sri Maha Bodhitree is exactly 2263 years old. Thus this tree is the oldest tree in world in the recorded history. Even after the Anuradhapura was deserted as the capital of the country and encroached by the jungle, pious people nevertheless tendered to the tree effortlessly. The villagers lit bonfires to frighten off wild elephants. As the time went on the villagers made it a habit to collect firewood for the whole year on one single day. This possession was called “Daramiti Perahara” (Firewood Possession) which continues up to this day.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Mirisawetiya (ctd), Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

An inscription in stone.

Inscription on a granite block forming the perimeter wall.

Another drawing on a stone block.

The stair-way entrance in stone.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Mirisawetiya, stone artifacts, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

Animals in procession.

Part of a 'Guard-stone'.


A sacred foot-print used in worship.
The foot-print was one of the earliest items used by followers of Lord Buddha to remember him. This must have been a centre-piece and object of veneration for thousands at that time.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Mirisawetiya Dagoba, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

The Mirisaveti Stupa is situated in the ancient city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.[1] King Dutugamunu built the Mirisaveti Stupa after defeating King Elara. After placing the Buddha relics in the sceptre, he had gone to Tisawewa for a bath leaving the sceptre. After the bath he returned to the place where the sceptre was placed, and it is said that it could not be moved. The stupa was built in the place where the sceptre stood. It is also said that he remembered that he partook a chilly curry without offering it to the sangha. In order to punish himself he built the Mirisavetiya Dagaba. The extent of this land is about 50 acres (20 ha). Although the king Kasyapa I and Kasyapa V renovated this, from time to time it was dilapidated. What stands today is the renovation done by the cultural Triangle Fund.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

'Sivura paevareema' ctd., Sri Jaya Bodhi pansala, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

The Upasampadaa Bhikkus disembarking from the 'Seema maluwa' float.

Back to the pansala.

Kids enjoying a bath in the artificial pool.

An ice-cream 'dansala' for those who attended the function.