Bo Sapling Venerated in Jaffna
[Updated :: 2011-02-09
Inculcating sense of devotion in Buddhists and non Buddhists in
Jaffna and repeating the history occurred 2364 years ago, a sapling
of the Anuradhapura Sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi was brought to historical
Dambakola Patuna (Jambukola Pattana) amidst the devotional cry of
“Sadhu ! Sadhu !!” on 9th February 2011.
Brigadier General Staff Security Forces Headquarters-Jaffna Brig.
B.C.J.A.F. Rodrigo along with a host of Security Forces and Police
personnel were present at the Palaly airport to receive the sacred
sapling. After offerings at Palaly, it was taken to famous Sri Naga
Vihara in Jaffna town via Vasavilan, Urumpirai and Thirunelvely.
the sacred Bo sapling placed in a golden bowl (Pathra)
was first brought to Jaffna in a magnificent motorcade with ceremonial
escort by Security Forces and Police before it is taken to India
next week, large crowds of people irrespective of their religious
divisions had gathered on either side of the road to pay homage
to it. Special offerings had been organized by School teachers,
students and community representatives at Vasavilan, Urumpirai and
Thirunelvely. They lined up on the Palaly-Jaffna main road to offer
flowers to the sacred sapling. Small children threw flowers at the
gaily decorated vehicle where the sacred sapling had been safely
51 Division in Jaffna town had arranged alms giving for the delegation
of Buddhist monks and nuns.
it was brought to historical Dambakola Patuna on the Mathagal beach
where a brief religious ceremony was held. Arrival of this sacred
Bo sapling in Dambakola Patuna visualized the significant day in
Buddhist Year 236 that Arhath Sangamiththa Therani, the daughter
of Indian Emperor Ashoka brought the southern sapling of the original
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Bodhgaya, which sheltered the Lord Buddha
to attain enlightenment, here. To further strengthen the long-term
friendship prevailed between India and Sri Lanka, Emperor Ashoka
sent this invaluable prize to his friend, King Devanampiayathissa
who walked into the waist-deep Mathagal sea to receive it with enormous
piety before placing it at Mahamevuna Uyana in Anuradhapura.
route from Palaly airport to Jaffna town and back to Dambakola Patuna
had been decorated with Buddhist flags as a symbol of veneration.
A vehicle which aired Seth Pirith chanting all the way
followed the motorcade.
Marking the 2600th incidence of Attaining Enlightenment of the Lord
Buddha at Bodhgaya in India, this sacred sapling is to be flown
to India and planted in Bodhgaya on 17th February on initiative
of Sangha Nayaka of Maha Bharatha (India) and General Secretary
of Maha Bodhi Samagama in India Ven. Dr. Dodamgoda Revatha
delegation comprised of about thirty Bhikkus including the Chancellor
of University of Kelanniya and Parivenadhipathi of Vidyalankara
Pirivena Ven. Dr. Velamitiyawe Kusaladhamma Thero, Sangha Nayaka
of Maha Bharatha (India) and General Secretary of Maha
Bodhi Samagama in India Ven. Dr. Dodamgoda Revatha Thero and
Anuradhapura Atmasthanadhipathi Ven. Dr. Pallegama Sirinivasa Thero.
A team of Buddhist nuns is also traveling around the island with
the sacred sapling throughout. Commissioner General of Buddhist
Affairs Mr. Chandraprema Gamage, Commander Northern Naval Command
Rear Admiral S.M.B. Weerasekara, General Officer Commanding 51 Division
Major General Janaka Walgama and senior officers of the Army, Navy
and Police were also present.
sacred sapling will be taken to the “Temple Trees” on the 14th evening
where His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa will make offerings.