After Breakfast Proceed Anuradhapura to visit the Sri Maha Bodhi tree. The Bo tree was planted as a cutting from the tree in Bodhgaya, in India under which Buddha found Enlightenment, brought by Emperor Asoka’s daughter, the Princess Sanghamitta, at some point after 236 BC. Guardians have kept uninterrupted watch over the tree ever since, making it the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world. There are other Bo trees around the Sri Maha Bodhi which are bedecked with colourful prayer flags.
After the offering of flowers, a one hour sermon will be arranged at the Temple.
After leave for Mihintale. This place is revered as the place where Mahinda converted King Devanampiya Tissa to Buddism in 243BC, thereby enabling Buddhism to spread to the whole island. The legend tells how King Tissa was chasing a stag during a hunting expedition. The stag reached Mihintale and fled up the hillside followed by the King until reached a place surrounded by hills, where the animal disappeared and the frustrated King was astonished to find a gentle person who spoke to him the Buddha’s teachings. It was Mahinda, Asoka’s son, who was able to convert the King with 40,000 followers. An important religious site and a pleasant place to stroll around.
Evening at leisure to walk around the ancient Dagobas and even to meditate. The Services of a Buddhist Priest for Dharma Sermon.
OVERNIGHT STAY IN ANURADHAPURA.