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Planting a Sapling of the Sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Tree

A sapling of the sacred Bodhi Tree was planted at the University premises under the supervision of the vice-chancellor, Ven. Prof.Waradiwela Wijayasumana Nayaka Thera on 26th February 2020. Sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Tree that has been planted at the sacred city of Anuradhapura is an offshoot of the original Sri Maha Bodhi tree in Bodhagaya, India. Buddhists consider that the Buddha became enlightenment under the Sri Maha Bodhi tree. According to the historical records, during the regime of king Devanampiyathissa (307BC 267BC) a sapling of the original Boddhi tree was gifted by the Emperor Ashok who was ruling in India at the time. It was planted at Nandana Uyana that is called the Sacred City at present. This sacred Bodhi tree is a one of the most sacred assets of the Buddhist devotees.
A sapling of the sacred Bodhi Tree was gifted to the University by Ven. Pallegama Siriniwasa Nayaka Thera, the Head of the Athamasthana. Ven. Kirinde Gnanadarshana, one of the alumni of the Bhiksu University played a main role throughout this process. The Bodhi Prakara was constructed by the 9th Engineering Force of Sri Lanka Army and sponsored by Mr. Hemal Gunawardana, the founder of Viswa Parami Fund.
Pallegama hemarathana Nayaka Thera along with the academic and nonacademic staff of the University decorated the Sapling of the Sacred Bodhi Tree planting ceremony.
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