Tuesday, 22nd June 2021

Divine help sought to end power crisis

British Asia News Network- AD

Colombo: Amidst severe power crisis envoys were sent to north to offer holy water to a tree sacred to Buddhist. As the country is facing severe power shortage which has resulted in blackouts and drastic steps to cut power consumption.

Citizens are forced to sleep outdoors to escape heat and busineses are betting on generators. Looking at the worsening situation Ceylon Electricity Board has said it would offer alms to the Sri Maha Bodi, a tree in Anuradhapura revered by the island’s Buddhists.

Pots of water blessed by monks were sent by motorcade to the Bodi, believed to have grown from a sapling of an older tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment more than 2,500 years ago.

“There will be several offerings at the bodi today and lunch will be offered to monks tomorrow after overnight religious ceremonies,” a CEB official said Thursday.

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