Sri Lanka 2017 – Anuradhapura – the world’s oldest tree and a very beautiful moonstone.

Anuradhapura – the world’s oldest tree and a very beautiful moonstone.

There is much to look at in Anuradhapura: the world’s oldest tree, moonstones, Ruwanweli Dagoba, water basins and observing that the locals offer sacrifices to the Buddha.

Anuradhapura became UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. And that’s not without reason, since it’s a Buddhist center.

We were lucky to visit the area close to the full moon, and for example a number of processions through the area.

Processions

Procession Anuradhapura
Procession Anuradhapura

 

 

 

 

 

Procession Anuradhapura
Procession Anuradhapura

 

 

 

Procession Anuradhapura
Procession Anuradhapura

 

 

The world’s oldest tree

Sri Maha Bodhi - The world's oldest tree
Sri Maha Bodhi – The world’s oldest tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sri Maha Bodhi is said to be the world’s oldest tree. It should have grown from cuttings of the tree in which Buddha Sakyamuni was sitting 2.500 years ago.

You can not get quite close to the tree today, as it has become a bit fragile in its old days 🙂 And the tree is stiffened by some beams so it does not collapse. But great fun to see a tree, which also historically means so much in Buddhism.

Sacrifice gifts to Buddha

Sacrifice gifts to Buddha
Sacrifice gifts to Buddha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is a good day for the local people to offer a sacrifice to the Buddha.

It had not been thought of by tourists, but there were some friendly locals who came to us and gave us some flowers, and then we could go to Buddha. So we also became part of the cerimony.

In the area there was also a temple, and there was a huge Buddha figure:

A huge Buddha figure in Anuradhapura
A huge Buddha figure in Anuradhapura

 

 

 

Moonstones

Moonstone in Anuradhapura
Moonstone in Anuradhapura

 

 

 

 

 

 

The moonstone is perceived by Buddhists as a “spiritual door mat”, where you pass all steps on the road to the highest realization by going over it.

There are more of such Moonstones in Sri Lanka, but this should be one of the most beautiful. It is decorated with different animals, including elephants:

Slice of moonstone with elephants
Slice of moonstone with elephants

 

 

Ruwanweli Dagoba

Ruwanweli Dagoba
Ruwanweli Dagoba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Around this Dagoba (built about 140 years BC) there are hundreds of carved elephants:

Elephants like decorating around Ruwanweli Dagoba
Elephants like decorating around Ruwanweli Dagoba

 

 

 

 

 

Water basins

Finally, we saw two water basins where the monks bathed. They were constructed so that there was a slope so that the water could come from one basin to another.

I had an intention to try to dip my toes in the pool – but my surroundings thought it was a bad idea. At least they would not save me if I fell into the water 🙁

Water basins

Water basins

 

City life

Close to our hotel (The Lakeside Hotel at Nuwarawewa, Anuradhapura) there was also a small town where we went down to look.

There were various small shops, many of which sold military clothing, but it was told that only the local affiliated with the military who could buy this clothes.

We also saw this business. And now the big question is: What service can you buy in this business? 🙂

fake teeth :-)
fake teeth 🙂

 

 

We guessed that a dentist lives here
We guessed that a dentist lives here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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