Ancient Sri Lankan Stuff!
Trip Start Dec 23, 2007
222Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
Anuradhpura was founded settled around 900 BC and was the site of the kingdom until about 1100 AD. Temples and shrines in this area tend to be almost 3000 years old, with one of the more interesting ones being the Bodhi tree. This tree was cut from the original Tree
of Enlightenment, where the Buddha gained enlightenment, and has been continuously guarded for over 2000 years, apparently making it the oldest known tree in the world.
Several other temples/ruins of note:
Lovamahapaya - site of a 9 storey monastery home to 1000 monks who guarded the Bodhi tree
Ruwanwelisaya - the largest stupa in the area with an incredibly tranquil and peaceful atmosphere, very much like the atmosphere in McLeod Ganj, India (Dalai Lama's home).
Jetavana - the 3rd tallest structure in the ancient world after the Pyramids (400ft).
Moonstones - The only remaining one in Sri Lanka. These were entranceways that represented movement from the secular to sacred worlds by following the path of enlightenment.
A very interesting, old place with lots of spirituality.