Administration of Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi

Śrī Maha Bodhi
The Sacred Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura

The Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi is administered by the Chief High Priest of Atamasthana and the Atamasthana Palakasabha, the administrative body of the Atamasthana. There are special guards to look after the Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi. It is done as a servitude or Rajakariya in return for the enjoyment of the fruits of temple lands which they occupy and cultivate.

The Maha Bodhi tree was subjected to a vandalistic act by a mad man who attempted to cut it down on the 30th of July 1929. He managed to cut off a branch but the main Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi escaped miraculously.

Once again on the 14th May 1985 LTTE terrorists mounted an attack on innocent devotees at the premises of Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi killing 70 inside the precincts and a further 100 outside. On this occasion too the Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi escaped unharmed.

Just as much as the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha is considered to be the symbol of sovereignty, the Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi too is said to safeguard the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Śrī Lanka.

The Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi has stood the test of time and has survived for more than 2250 years. It is the prayer of each and every Buddhist that the Maha Bodhi will and shall live another 2250 years at least.

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