This sacred tree has been planted in the historical Maha Meghavana royal park in Anuradhapura in the month of ‘Unduvap’ (November), 236 BC, according to the written facts. The sacred Bodhi sapling has been ceremonially brought here by arahant Sanghamitra Maha Theri, under instructions of arahant Mahendra Maha Thero. King Devanam Piyatissa who ruled Sri Lanka in this period has planted this Bodhi tree with great pageantry in the Maha Meghavana royal park dedicated to the venerable bhikkhus. The present age of the Anuradhapura Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi is 2,247 years.
Accordingly, the oldest tree of the whole world with a written history is the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi of Anuradhapura.