The Sacred Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura
On the Nikini full moon day during the months of July or August the
people of Anuradhapura came to the Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi carrying bundles
of firewood on their heads to light bonfires around the Jaya Siri Maha
Bodhi to keep away the wild elephants who used to enter the premises to
eat tender Bo leaves. These villages carrying firewood on their heads
looked like a possession hence it was called Daramiti Perahera.
Daramiti Perahera continues as an annual ritual to the Maha Bodhi even
today. The custodians and the families entrusted with various duties never
neglected their responsibilities nor did they abandon the Maha Bodhi.