A SAPLING OF THE SACRED SRI MAHA BODHI IS PLANTED AT THE SRI BODHIRAJA VIHARA TEMPLE, KATARAGAMA

The Sri Maha Bodhiraja Viharaya (Temple) of Kataragama, where the CRC Centre is housed, is a fast developing religious institution. The CRC commends the efforts of the present chief incumbent of the Viharaya the Venerable Krinde Sri Rathanalankara Thero. A Sapling of the Sacred Sri Maha Bodhi Tree of Anuradhapura was planted in the Viharaya premises on the 12th of May 2011 to commemorate the 2600th year of the 'Sambudhathwa Jayanthiya' or the 2600th anniversary of the Enlightenment of the Lord Buddha. This is the main event of several religious and community services organized by the Viharaya to commemorate the 'Sambudhathwa Jayanthiya. The sacred Bo sapling will be venerated by the local residents and thousands of devotees visiting the Viharaya.

Our Chief Executive participated in transporting the sacred sapling from Anuradhapura in a colourful procession and sponsored the construction of the protective wall around the Bo tree and a compound for pilgrims to worship. The Sapling was planted by Mr. Ashan Malalasekera. A large crowd was present for the occasion, including children of the CRC and their parents.