© Suresh Krishna
The sacred Sri Maha Bodhi tree, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
The Sri Maha Bodhi tree seen here, supported with golden struts, is the first among the Eight Holy Sites (Atmasthana) in Sri Lanka. The Buddhists look upon it as a living being, the Buddha himself in living form. Thus they call it with veneration 'Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi'. The tree belongs to the ficus family. The botanists have named it Ficus religiosa.