Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

Lord Gautama Buddha is considered as the Greatest Human Being appeared on earth. The esteemed one achieved the eternal bliss of Samma Sambodhi or the Enlightenment, ending the continuous circle of Samsara, the existence. This wonderful event took place 2600 years ago seated with his back against under an Esathu tree by the river Neranjana in the Buddhagaya, India. As the ascetic Siddhartha attained the Sambodhi Gnana under the shade of the Esathu tree, this highly venerated tree came to be known as the 'Bodhi'.

The southern branch of this sacred tree in Buddhagaya was ceremoniously brought to Sri Lanka by Arahant Sangamitra Maha Theri in 236 BC, with the patronage of Emperor Dharmashoka. King Devanampiyatissa planted this Bodhi tree in his royal park 'Maha Meghavana Udyanaya' in Anuradhapura, under the guidance of Arahant Mahendra Maha Thero. Since then, this highly sacred Bodhi comparable to the living Buddha dwells there shining with glory. The Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi of Anuradhapura is the oldest living tree of the whole world with a written history.

Message From Sanghanayaka

A world Heritage of Tranquility

The 'Mahaviharaya' of Anuradhapura where the 'Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi' dwells, is a highly venerated and historical place of worship esteemed world over as the centre for the Theravada Buddhism of the world for 23 centuries.

Including the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, the Mahaviharaya consists of eight sacred places of worship called 'Atamasthana'. The great stupa of 'Ruwanweli' Maha Dagaba and the other stupas of Mirisawetiya, Thuparamaya, Lankaramaya, Abhayagiriya and Jethavanaramaya and the 'Loha Maha Prasadaya' (Great Brazen Palace) where thousands of Arahant and other venerable bhikkhus dwelt, belong to the Atamasthana. Only the Loha Maha Prasadaya is in ruins now, where 1,600 stone pillars which supported the nine story building with 1,000 rooms, still remain. All the other stupas which had been in ruins were restored and preserved by the devotees and are open to the world.

Fulfilling the traditional practices and preaching the world beings with Gautama Buddha's doctrine, the venerable bhikkhus of the Mahaviharaya have been continuously dwelling in the Bomaluwa Temple for 23 centuries. They protected the sacred living relic of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi facing all kinds of difficulties, without even having the four basic requisites, when the city of Anuradhapura was abandoned due to enemy invasions and covered with thick jungle. The Mahaviharaya together with the Atamsthanaya including the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi is still preserved owing to the great sacrifices of the venerable bhikkhus of the Mahaviharaya.

Protecting this world heritage of Mahaviharaya, which distributes the immortal doctrine and the immense tranquility of pure Buddhism towards the world beings, and contains an invaluable collection of ancients relics and artifacts of the world, is the responsibility of all, including the Buddhists.

I invite all devotees of the world to come and see the highly sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi comparable to the living Buddha and the historical Mahaviharaya of Anuradhapura through your own eyes and worship, bringing a serene tranquility to your life.

Ven. Dr. Pallegama Siriniwasa Nayaka Thero
Chief Sanghanayaka - Northcentral Province
Bomaluwa Temple,
Sri Lanka.


Fullmoon Poya Day Programme of the Mahaviharaya

06.00am  Observing of Sil 
06.30am Buddha Pooja
07.00am Morning Dana
08.00am Dhamma Talk - 01
09.00am Discussion of matters arising from the Dhamma Talk
09.15am Lay Devotee Discourse
10.30am Buddha Pooja
11.00am Mid day Dana
12.00noon Jathaka Story
01.00pm Dhamma Talk - 02
02.00pm Discussion of matters arising from the Dhamma Talk
02.15pm Interval
02.45pm Dham Sabha Mandapaya
03.45pm Meditation Programme
04.45pm Bodhi Pooja
05.45pm Sil Pavaranaya

For Inquiries, Phone: 025 2222367  

Monthly Meditation Programme of the Anuradhapura Mahaviharaya

Daily Schedule:

06.00 am Observance of eight precepts
06.30 am Morning Buddha Pooja
07.00 am Morning Dana
08.00 am Meditation Programme – Stage 1
10.30 am  Mid-day Buddha Pooja
11.00 am Mid-day Dana
01.00 pm Meditation programme – Stage 2
03.00 pm Gilanpasa
03.30 pm Meditation programme – Stage 3
05.00 pm Buddha Vandana
05.50 pm Discontinuation of precepts
06.00 pm End of the Meditation Programme

2017 Monthly Meditation Programme Schedule

Monthly Schedule for Meditation:

  Month Amawaka Poya Day Meditation Day
01 January 27th Friday 29th Sunday
02 February 26th Sunday 26th Sunday
03 March 27th Monday 26th Sunday
04 April 26th Wednesday 23rd Sunday
05 May 25th Thursday 28th Sunday
06 June 23rd Friday 25th Sunday
07 July 23rd Sunday 23rd Sunday
08 August 21st Monday 27th Sunday
09 September 19th Tuesday 24th Sunday
10 October 19th Thursday 22nd Sunday
11 November 17th Friday 19th Sunday
12 December 17th Sunday 24th Sunday

The Benevolent Sponsorship for the Fullmoon Day Religious Programmes of the Mahaviharaya is open to the Devotees

According to the requests received from the devotees all over the island, the Mahaviharaya has decided to allow the devotees to sponsor for the items in the fullmoon day religious programme. 

Accordingly, the devotees may sponsor for the religious programmes of the including the two Dhamma Talks, the Layman's Discourse, Reading of the Jathaka Story Book, Dam Sabha Mandapaya, Meditation Programme, Bodhi Pooja and providing the Morning, Mid-day and Gilanpasa Dana for the devotees participating in the Seela Programme. The Mahaviharaya informes with Metta that, the sponsorship may be provided as individuals or groups.

All inquiries may be directed to the Mahaviharaya.
Telephone : +94 25 2222367

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Administrative Structure of Anuradhapura Mahaviharaya

Anuradhapura Mahaviharaya is a highly venerated sacred monastery consisting of a large number of sacred places including the Anuradhapura Atamasthanaya. Most venerable Atamasthanadhipathi Nayaka Thero is the Chief Priest of Anuradhapura Mahaviharaya and the incumbent of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Temple called the Bomaluwa Temple  and dwells there. The Atamasthanadhipathi Nayaka Thero is appointed with the vote of the Atamasthana Committee members. Atamasthanadhipathi Nayaka Thero appoints the 'Viharadhikari' caretaker incumbents for effective administration of the other six (06) monasteries of Atamasthana where the venerable bhikkhus of the Mahaviharaya dwell. The power of transferring or removing the Viharadhikari incumbents according to the requirement is vested by the Atamasthanadhipathi Nayaka Thero. The venerable theros holding the Atamasthanadhipathi and the Viharadhikari positions presently are as follows.

1. Atamasthanadhipathi

Dr. Most Ven. Pallegama Siriniwasa Nayaka Thero                          (High Priest, North Central Region)

2. Viharadhikari of Ruwanweli Maha Chaithyaramaya

Ven. Pallegama Hemarathana (BA Hons.) Nayaka Thero                  (Chief Priest, Nuwarakalawiya region)

3. Viharadhikari of Lankaramaya

Ven. Relapanawe Dhammajothi Nayaka Thero                                (Adhikarana Sangha Nayaka of the North Central region)

4. Viharadhikari of Jethawanaramaya

Ven. Ihalahalmillewe Rathanapala Nayaka Thero

5. Viharadhikari of Abhayagiriya

Dr. Ven. Kallanchiye Rathanasiri Nayaka Thero

6. Viharadhikari of Mirisawetiya

Ven. Eethalawetunuwewe Gnanathilaka Nayaka Thero

7. Viharadhikari of Thuparamaya

Ven. Kahalle Gnanide Nayaka Thero

The 'Lohamahaprasadaya' belonging to the Atamasthana is the chapter house of the Mahaviharaya and no venerable bhikkhus dwell there.

Offering sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi saplings to foreign countries

Occurring sacred Bodhi saplings from the esteemed Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi of Anuradhapura is very rare. A very limited number of such sacred Bodhi saplings are offered to the Buddhist temples in the foreign countries as a custom. These Bodhi saplings are offered to foreign countries following the traditions followed through the history since the ancient times.

The first step would be to make a formal written request by the venerable chief monk of the temple in the foreign country from Most Ven. Atamasthanadhipathi Nayaka Thero of Anuradhapura Mahaviharaya asking for a sacred Bodhi sapling. This letter should be forwarded on an official letterhead together with a brief description of the temple bearing the signature of the chief monk of the said temple.

Once this letter of request is received, Anuradhapura Mahaviharaya will reply describing the traditional procedure followed in offering a sacred Bodhi sapling to a foreign country. After receiving a written confirmation from the said temple that these customs could be fulfilled, Anuradhapura Mahaviharaya may approve the offering of a sacred Bodhi sapling, if available. Afterwards, an invitation will be sent to the venerable chief monk of the temple, inviting to arrive at Anuradhapura Mahaviharaya on a suitable given date in order to receive the sacred Bodhi sapling according to the traditions.

When a sacred sapling occurred from the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi is offered to a foreign country, an official declaration confirming that will be issued from the Anuradhapura Mahaviharaya. This declaration is issued at the Bodhi planting ceremony after being read and signed by Most Ven. Atamasthanadhipathi Nayaka Thero in front of all.