... After so many Sri Lankan postcards posted here, the ☀Pearl of the Indian Ocean☀ still amazes me... this time I got a great view of the oldest living known human planted tree in the world surrounded by temple walls... its supports are of gold... this fig tree is a very spiritually and physically significant part of the ancient city Anuradhapura... it has been looked after by caretakers for over 2.000 years... a pilgrim place for Buddhists... Big Thanks once more Ravindra!! (✿◠‿◠)
The Sacred Fig tree or Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya of Anuradhapura, it is said to be the southern branch of the Sri Maha Bodhi tree in India, under which Buddha reached enlightenment.
In the 3rd century BC, it was brought to Sri Lanka by Sangamitta Theri, the daughter of Emperor Asoka and founder of an order of Buddhist nuns in Sri Lanka. In 288 BC it was planted by King Devanampiya Tissa on a high terrace about 6.5 m (21.3 ft) above the ground in the Mahamevnāwa Park in Anuradhapura.
Pigeon Island Marine National Park
2X Endemic Birds of Sri Lanka