The veneration of the Bodhi-tree (pipal tree: ficus religiosa) has been a popular and a widespread ritual in Sri Lanka from the time a sapling of the original Bodhi-tree at Buddhagaya (under which the Buddha attained Enlightenment) was brought from India by the Theri Sanghamitta and planted at Anuradhapura during the reign of King Devanampiya Tissa in the third century B.C. Since then a Bodhi-tree has become a necessary feature of every Buddhist temple in the island. The ritualistic worship of trees as abodes of tree deities (rukkha-devata) was widely prevalent in ancient India even before the advent of Buddhism. This is exemplified by the well-known case of Sujata's offering of milk-rice to the Bodhisatta, who was seated under a banyan tree on the eve of his Enlightenment, in the belief that he was the deity living in that tree. By making offerings to these deities inhabiting trees the devotees expect various forms of help from them. The practice was prevalent in pre-Buddhist Sri Lanka as well.
This bodhi pooja programme was commemorated in 2006, by Ven. Galketiwala Ratanwansa Thera. It was done by Ven. Kinigama Somawansa Thera until 2013. From 2013 onwards, Ven. Akuresse Siri Dhamma Wimala Thera is conducting the even.Special bodhi pooja programs of the year, For every New year celebration, For Scholarship/ordinary level and advanced level examinations
Ven.Akuresse Siri Dhammawimala Thera
Venerable Akuresse Siri Dhamma Wimala Thera was born in 25th january 1991. Dhmma Thera was ordained as novice in 18th september 2002 when he was 11 years of age at ranmuthugala temple in Kadawatha. In 2008 onwards , he underwent his training at the gatambe rahopawanaramaya temple and received his Upasampada – Higher Ordination in 25 July 2012 .Then Continued to study the Buddhist texts in Pali, their original language, according to Theravada tradition. From 2013 onwards, Ven. Akuresse Siri Dhamma Wimala Thera is conducting the bodhi pooja program.