SL Buddhism Link

  • The Buddhist link between India and Sri Lanka dates back to 2nd century BC.
  • During the reign of Emperor Ashoka, Buddhism was made as the official religion of India.
  • Ashoka’s daughter Sanghamitta is believed to have brought a branch of original Bodh tree to Anuradhapura. 
  • Theravada Buddhism is widely practiced in Sri Lanka.
  • Why important? PM Modi travelled to Sri Lanka to attend the Buddhist festival ‘Vesak Day’ (Buddha Jayanti) that commemorates birth, enlighten and death of Buddha.

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