Vow at the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi to save the country from disaster

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A Vow was entered into at the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in the morning of this Wesak Fullmoon Poyaday, asking for saving the country from the present disaster of floods and earth slips due to heavy rains. Under the advice and guidance of Most Ven. Dr. Pallegama Siriniwasa Atamasthanadhipathi Nayaka Thero, senior Govt. Officials including Anuradhapura GA Mr. D.P.U.Kumarasiri, Chief Secretary of the North Central Provincial Council Mr. W.A.Thilakaratne and DIG of Police to the North Central Province Mr. Ranjith Padmasiri performed this ancient traditional task.

 

Most Ven. Atamasthanadhipathi Nayaka Thero who called Anuradhapura GA and the senior officials to the Bomaluwa Temple, explained the dangerous situation the country has faced currently and informed them of the warnings that more rains could come with a cyclone during the next few days. Venerable Thero explained that, from the ancient times  Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi has shown various early signs when such great disasters were about to fall upon the country and reminded of the incident of sudden collapsing of the wall on the west side of the third Maluwa few days before the Tsunami disaster. Some such early signs were visible this time too, but it was a pity that the people responsible were ignorant to them. Protecting the Jaya Sri  Maha Bodhi similar to the living Buddha and Anuradhapura Mahaviharaya showing the due respect and performing the ancient traditional ceremonies would help prevent such disasters, Ven. Nayaka Thero explained.

Afterwards, Ven. Nayaka Thero called the venerable Bhikkhus of the Bomaluwa Tradition and the Mahaduraya chief of the Villidura people protecting the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and advised them to place a clean coconut which has not fallen on the ground above at the Bomaluwa, inform Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi of the problem and enter into a Vow. Initially, venerable Bhikkhus of the Bomaluwa Tradition placed the distinguished gathering upon the five precepts at the southern flower altar of the third Maluwa. Then, the blessings of God Kaludevatha Bandara were invoked at the western flower altar where the vows are entered into with the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and the coconut was placed above there. Thirdly, Anuradhapura GA handed a silver coin cleaned with saffron water tied in a piece of white cloth to the venerable Bhikkhus with great respect. Venerable Bhikkhus carried it to the foot of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and tied it on the golden pillar supporting the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi asking for the protection of the country from this present disaster.

After completing all these performances with reverence, this ancient ceremony ended with the distinguished gathering visiting and informing Most Ven. Atamasthanadhipathi Nayaka Thero back at the Bomaluwa Temple.