A consecration ceremony for the installation of a new idol of Lord Buddha was held at the Mahabodhi Society of India's Bhubaneswar centre, Orrisa Post reported.
The idol of Lord Buddha installed under the Holy Bodhi tree. In 2019, Cyclone Fani had virtually ripped off the Bodhi tree. It could not withstand the ravage and was uprooted, damaging the multitude of statues surrounding the base. The tree has always been the centre of all rituals of Buddhism in the temple.
The Venerable Sewali Thero, General Secretary of Mahabodhi Society of India, and other monks with many members of the Society placed the statue in the new pedestal.
The 63-year-old Bodhi tree is a direct descendant of the original Bodhi tree at Gaya located in Bihar State, under which Gautama Buddha had attained enlightenment. A seedling of the original Bodhi tree, which was planted in 288 BCE at Bodh Gaya, was taken to Sri Lanka by Emperor Ashoka's daughter princess Sanghamitra in the Third Century BC and planted at Anuradhapura. On May 13, 1957, a seedling obtained from Sri Lanka was planted in the premises by the then Prime Minister of Myanmar U Nu.