Matara Bodhiya

Matara Bodhiya
Matara Bodhiya is a sacred Bodhi tree situated in the middle of Matara town, Sri Lanka. It is considered as one of the seven Bodhi trees (Hath-Bodhiya) planted in and around the Matara area (Abeyawardana, 2004).

The history of this Bodhi tree, according to local tradition, is associated with Kalidasa, a famous Indian poet and his friend Kumaradasa (513-522 A.D), King of Sri Lanka (Abeyawardana, 2004).

Recent development
The site was upgraded to a temple in 1962 (Samanthi, 1999).

1) Matara Bodhiya 1 by L Manju is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Ruhuna: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. ISBN: 955-575-073-4. p.70.
2) Samanthi, L.K.N., 1999. Architectural concepts of Buddhist places of worship: an examination of the architectural concepts of Buddhist places of worship in rural and urban settings with special reference to Southern Province. A dissertation submitted to the University of Moratuwa as a partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Architecture. pp.90-98.

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This page was last updated on 8 March 2022
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