Sri Maha Bodhi of Anuradhapura, the oldest tree in the world,
is among the sacred eight places of worship (Atamasthana)
of Buddhists all over the world. It is the southern sprout
of the original Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi at Bodhgaya in India.
sapling was brought here by Sangamitta Therani, the only
daughter of King Dharmashoka of India and the sister of
Arhat Mahinda who introduced Buddhism to Sri Lanka during
the reign of King Devnampiyatissa (306BC-266 BC).
Patuna (Jambukola Pattana), located about 20 km from Jaffna
town and 10 km from Kankasanthurai is the place where
Sangamitta Therani, with the sacred sapling, landed. It
was later planted in Anuradhapura Mahamewna Uyana.