Atamasthana (The eight Most sacred places in Anurapura)
In The city of Anuradhapura there are lot of ancian tempeles and ruin but eight places out of them is very important as Sri Lankan Buddhist think.This eight place call Atamasthanaya. "Ata" means eight And "Sthanaya" means Places from the Sinhala language. Every Budhhist pilgrimens who visit to Anuradhapura Main target is to vership this eigt places .
Every thing in Atamasthana build In the age of Before Christ that means it have more than 2000 year history. World documented odest tree also include in this atamasthanya its call Jayasiri maha Bodiya. This sacred tree have more than 2500 year history. Sri Lankan Buddhist vership Sri Mahabodiya as a living Buddha. Due to the present Terorist Atacks by the L.T.T.E Srimaha Bodiya Have one of the best security system in country. The term Atamasthana connotes eight ancient Buddhist sacred shrines at Anuradhapura.
1. Sri Maha Bodhiya, (the sacred Bodhi tree / Udamaluwa)
2. Ruwanweli maha seya