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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2526

Sri Lanka President offered gold ornaments to Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

Colombo, 24 May, (Asiantribune.com): President MahindaSri Lanka President paying reverence to Ven. Pallegama Sirinivasa Thero in AnuradhapuraSri Lanka President paying reverence to Ven. Pallegama Sirinivasa Thero in Anuradhapura Rajapaksa on Sunday (May 24) paid homage to the sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura and offered gold ornaments.

The President also planted a Bo sapling at the ‘Pahala Maluwa’, a Cultural Ministry official confirmed.

The Sacred Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura is reckoned as the oldest surviving historical tree in the world. It was brought to Sri Lanka by the Theri Sangamitta, daughter of Emperor Asoka and was planted in the Mahameghavana Park in Anuradhapura in 249 BC by King Devanampiyatissa. It is said to be the southern branch of the Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi at Buddha Gaya in India under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.

It has been an age old tradition of kings who ruled the country to pay homage to the Sri Maha Bodhi, after winning a battle.

The Chief Incumbent of the temple, Atamasthanadhipathi Ven. Pallegama Sirinivasa Thera said it was the first time a head of State of the country had the privilege of offering gold ornaments to the sacred Bo tree.

The President also paid homage to the Ruwanweli Seya and paid obeisance at the statue of King Dutugemunu, who was the last king to unify the entire country.Sri Lanka President offering gold ornaments to Jaya Sri Maha BodhiSri Lanka President offering gold ornaments to Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

The prelates invoked blessings on the President for his great achievement in defeating terrorism to free the nation.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa also discussed with Atamasthanadhipathi Ven. Pallegama Sirinivasa Thera the plans to build nine stupas in the nine provinces to fulfill a vow he had made under the Sri Maha Bodhi to eradicate terrorism from the country. The first stupa will be built in Anuradhapura.President Mahinda Rajapaksa paid homage to Sacared Jayasrimaha Bodhiya and Ruwanveli Mahasaya in Anuradhapuira on 24th. (pix Sud Silva)President Mahinda Rajapaksa paid homage to Sacared Jayasrimaha Bodhiya and Ruwanveli Mahasaya in Anuradhapuira on 24th. (pix Sud Silva)

Chief Minister Berty Premalal Dissanayake and Governor Karunaratne Divulgane of North Central Province, Minister Tissa Karaliyadda and Additional Secretary to the President Gamini Senarath attended the occasion.

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