Matara Bodhiya - මාතර බෝධිය (மாதாரா போ மரம்) IconMatara Bodhiya - මාතර බෝධිය (மாதாரா போ மரம்)

A2, Matara

4.8 1,145 reviews

  • Avatar chamindu rangana ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    Located on the main road from Colombo to Kataragama, facing the Uyanwatta stadium, this very sacred Matara historical Bodhi Rajaya was built in AD. It is confirmed by ancient documents and legends that it is a place with a historical background … More dating back to the time of Kumaradasa, who became the king of Sri Lanka in 515. It is said that Kalidasa, who came to Sri Lanka as a state guest at the invitation of King Kumaradasa on the occasion of the planting of this Bodhiraja, met with an unfortunate fate and lost his life. It is said that along with the five queens who killed themselves, the king and the seven people who advised him escaped with their lives. To commemorate this tragedy, 7 bodhi trees were planted in the city of Matara and since then this place was called 'Hat Bodhi Garden'. The historic Bodhi King of Matara is believed to be one of those Bodhis. Botanists have revealed that this historic Matara Bodhi tree belongs to the tribe of Anuradhapura Vijaya • Jaya • Maha Bodhi King.
    The British rulers who ruled the country at that time made various threats to this historical place of worship and even set a date to cut down this Bodhisattva with the intention of teaching a lesson to the Buddhists in order to expand the territory of Matara Municipality. But at that time, the Buddhist businessmen in Matara city together with government officials and officials of Matara City Council and other Buddhist people have defended it with great difficulty in the midst of various threats. At their initiative, Bodhi arranged to worship a sitting Buddha statue in front of him and to enhance the sanctity here, a small Buddha temple, a small pagoda and two temples were built. This small pagoda originally built is visible behind the temple.
    Among the members of the Matara Bodhi Security Council, Paralo Sapat B. Mr. Ariyaratne and B. it. Mr. Simon Appuhami, K. P. Mr. Karanelis is among the people who took the lead for this. In 1961, K. T. Somapala, C. it. Dharmasena and R. Mr. Pallis started the construction of a pagoda by donating his wealth. The Matara Bodhi Defense Council was established on October 19, 1962 for the future existence and security of the Matara Bodhi Raja which was gradually developing.
    Mr. Edman Samarasekera was appointed as the first chairman of the Matara Bodhi Security Council and he held that position continuously for 17 years until 1978, doing immaculate and immortal service and working for the advancement of the Bodhi King. After his death respectively Henry Gunasekara, C. it. Hemachandra, Barrister Richard Kulatunga, Sr. K. Mr. Chandrasoma, Amaradasa Kumanayake and Mr. Rohantha Samarasinghe were appointed and the current chairman is Mr. Dihan Samarasekera who is a noble belonging to a distinguished family of the area. He is devoting his time, wealth and labor to this cause
    And it should be mentioned with praise that with a religious feeling, we are doing a noble national, religious and social mission for the country, society and the Sambuddha Order.
    There are many services provided by the Matara Bodhi Defense Council. Providing scholarships for higher education to children from low-income families, providing scholarships for student monks who are receiving special education, supporting the development activities of Matara General Hospital, providing free spectacles to children and adults from economically disadvantaged families, and providing medicines for indigent patients receiving hospital treatment. , providing contact lenses, providing material and financial assistance to uplift Dhamma school education in the area, making religious cultural and social donations, providing G.E.O. for school students in the area. Conducting regular school rehearsal seminars, preparing Buddha Dharma teaching projects with the aim of creating a generation with Dharmadhara Vinayadhara necessary for the future religious existence, providing support for the renovation of the existing temples in the area, with the aim of creating a Dharmakami society, daily evening Bodhi Pujas and Dharma sermons in honor of the Bodhi Raja.
  • Avatar Avishka Athukorala ★★★★★ a month ago
    A peaceful, blessed and religious place..! Open to everyone who seek peace
  • Avatar Amri Nazeer ★★★★ 3 months ago
    Matara Bodhiya is a sacred and revered site in Sri Lanka, located in the southern town of Matara. It's a beautiful and peaceful place, surrounded by lush green trees and gardens.
    At the heart of the site is a magnificent Bodhi tree,
    … More which is believed to be a sapling of the original Bodhi tree in India under which the Buddha attained enlightenment. The tree is surrounded by a beautiful white stupa and a number of other smaller shrines and temples.
    Visitors to Matara Bodhiya can experience the peaceful and serene atmosphere of the site, and also take part in the religious rituals and offerings. It's a great place to learn about Buddhism and the history and culture of Sri Lanka.
    The surrounding gardens and pathways are also lovely to explore, with beautiful flowers and trees adding to the tranquil atmosphere of the site. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll around the grounds, enjoy a picnic, or simply sit and meditate.
    Overall, Matara Bodhiya is a must-visit destination in Sri Lanka for those interested in religion, history, and culture. It's a serene and beautiful place that offers a glimpse into the rich and fascinating traditions of Sri Lanka. So, if you're planning a trip to the southern region of Sri Lanka, don't miss the chance to visit Matara Bodhiya.
  • Avatar Aruna Indika ★★★★★ 2 weeks ago
    One of the Famous religious location in down south, Matara. Near by matara town. Many people are visit this location with their believes.
  • Avatar Sahan. lk ★★★★★ a year ago
    *Matara bodhiya.🎖️️🪔-
    The historic Bodhi🪔 Tree in Matara is located facing the Uyanwatta Stadium on the Colombo-Kataragama Highway. It's a place of worship middle of the Matara town. People go to Matara Bodhi and relax their minds.✨️🕯️
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    This place is considered to be a place with divine blessings. Usually it is very crowd around noon and evening. But there's a needle drop silence. Tickets are not required to enter the temple. Less parking facility is available🪔
    🪔One busy temple on small area in middle of the city. This place is most popular place in sri lanka. Near to temple parking is hard thing but there is a parking space across the road Conner in play ground.🪔🎉️
  • Avatar Art way Venura kasun ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    It’s the most famous and crudely Buddhist temple at matara town’s it with boo three and temple by the main road at matara, the temple is well designed by organizing and the Buddhist community it very popular organization doing meditation … More and organizing the donation for public hospital and many more it call “ bodi arkshaka saba “ you can go and and check if you like to do something for society also it very good place for relaxing at evening do something spiritual meditation 🧘‍♀️ recommenced for who like to some activities with Buddhist meditation
  • Avatar Pushpa local guide Ram ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    This is a religious place. This is very famous over srilanka . Mathara bodhiya is very close to mathara bus stand. We should ware white polite dress code for here. Any one can come here. This place is very good for mind relax. This place … More is open for 365 days over 24 hours .
  • Avatar Akila Gunasekara ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Its origin can be traced back to a tragic story centred on King Kumara Dharmasena or Kumaradhatusena son of King Kasyapa of Sigiriya (512-522 AD) and his closet friend, Kalidasa, a famous dramatist and poet. According to the tale the king … More whilst in the amorous company of a courtesan, spied a bee entangled in the petals of a lotus flower, inspired he wrote two poetic lines. He then offered a reward to anybody who could complete the other two stanzas to his poem. The cunning courtesan seized the opportunity took the verse to Kalidasa, who completed the poem. The courtesan then murdered Kalidasa in order to keep the reward for herself, concealing the body. The king however instantly recognised his friend's handwriting bringing the whole murderous ruse to light. When Kalidasa's dead body was taken to the funeral pyre for cremation, the grieving king unable to control his grief over the death of his beloved friend, threw himself into the burning flames and immolated himself. Upon witnessed this tragedy, five official queens also leapt into the flames to their deaths.[1][2]
    Local legend has it that seven Bo trees were planted over the seven tombs. These seven Bo trees are known locally as the "Hath Bodhis" and are said to be still surviving at six different places around Matara. Matara Bodhiya is one of those trees. It is respected and protected by the local buddhists.
    In 1783 when the Dutch ruled Matara, a Dutch General is alleged to have cut down those seven Bo trees and had used their timber for the construction of local buildings, with only one having survived.
  • Avatar StoryJ Stan ★★★★★ 10 months ago
    It is one of the most sacred place in Matara.
  • Avatar Movindu Amarasekara ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    Matara Bodhiya is a sacred fig tree in Matara, Sri Lanka. Its origin can be traced back to a tragic story centred on King Kumara Dharmasena or Kumaradhatusena son of King Kasyapa of Sigiriya and his closet friend, Kalidasa, a famous dramatist … More and poet.
  • Avatar Gihan Kanishka Ananda ★★★★★ 10 months ago
    What a clam,cool place to worship and enjoy in the middle of the Matara city. Cleanliness and good smell are the reasons behind the attraction.
  • Avatar Buddhika Sudasinghe ★★★★★ a year ago
    This is a Historical temple that is located in the middle of the city mathara. This place is famous in Sri Lanka because of the sacred tree. That is why it's called Mathara Bodhiya.
  • Avatar Prageeth Palliyaguru ★★★★★ a year ago
    Place place. Good for meditation. Best time to visit night time.
  • Avatar Gamage Thilina shehan buddhika ★★★★★ a year ago
    Historical place wich buddhism consider as powerful place
  • Avatar Dakshina Shakya ★★★★★ a year ago
    Historic bo tree (sacred fig/ficus religiosa) in the middle of the Matar town. A place of worship of great importance for locals
  • Avatar Pasan mihidu Vidanapathirana ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    Peaceful place . Loved
  • Avatar Dasun Peiris ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Even this place held in middle of the noisy town its so peaceful calm place in inside. Good place to meditation
  • Avatar Yasiru Dahanayaka 58 ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    Great view can be seen at the evening.
  • Avatar Tharangi Madihage ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    It's a place of worship middle of the Matara town. People go to Matara Bodhiya and relax their minds.
  • Avatar sanjeewa priyankara ★★★★★ a year ago
    peace full place for all religence
  • Avatar Lahiru Gamage ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    This is a sacred place in the bottom of the matara district. Very calm and religious place to worship and watch. Great view can be seen at the evening. 😍❤️
  • Avatar Yasiru Dahanayaka ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    Great view can be seen at the evening.
  • Avatar El Mo ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    One busy temple on small area in middle of the city. This place is most popular place in sri lanka. Near to temple parking is hard thing but there is a parking space across the road Coner in play ground.