TAMIL NADU

Foundation laid for Buddhist shrine

Holy initiative: Jayalath Jayawardhane, MP, Sri Lanka, second from left, attending a function to mark the planting of a ‘Bodhi’ sapling at the site of a Buddha temple in Tiruchi.

Holy initiative: Jayalath Jayawardhane, MP, Sri Lanka, second from left, attending a function to mark the planting of a ‘Bodhi’ sapling at the site of a Buddha temple in Tiruchi.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: R. Ashok

Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka on Monday performed bhoomi puja for construction of a Buddhist shrine and a replica of the Kathirkamam Murugan temple.

A branch of the 2,500-year-old ‘Bodhi’ tree (Ficus religiosa), brought from Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka, was planted at Perur. The Kathirkamam temple would be built in an acre.

Sri Lanka MP Jayalath Jayawardana laid the foundation and planted the saplings. For the first time, a replica of the Kathirkamam Murugan temple was going to be built. A Buddhist shrine had been constructed recently in Tiruttani. Work on the construction of another shrine in Tirunelveli would start on March 3, he said.

Four Buddhist monks, including chief executive priest of the three projects Brakmanawatte Seevali Anunayaka Thero and chief priests Pallegama Sirisumana Rathanapala Hemarathana Tero, Tirama Vimala Nama Nayaka Tero and Depanama Sugandabandhu Nayaka Tero from Jaffna, Anuradhapura and Colombo, performed the bhoomi puja.

Rev. Seevali Anunayaka Thero said the project was expected to be completed in three years.

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