ⓘ Siri Sangha Bodhi I of Anuradhapura

                                     

ⓘ Siri Sangha Bodhi I of Anuradhapura

Siri Sangha Bodhi I was King of Anuradhapura in the 3rd century, whose reign lasted from 252 to 254. He succeeded Sangha Tissa I as King of Anuradhapura and was succeeded by Gothabhaya.

The story of Siri Sanga BOS devotion to Buddhism, it is said in Mahavamsa. King was so committed to the teachings of the Buddha that he refused to execute criminals. When his Prime Minister, led a revolt against him, he could not bear the thought of bloodshed, as a result of the suppression of the rebellion, so he voluntarily abdicated and retired to a forest to live as an ascetic. The Prime Minister, now the King Gathabhaya, fearing the return of the lawful king, offered a reward to anyone who would bring him the head of Siri Sanga Bo. One day a poor farmer shared his food with Siri Sanga Bo, who, having nothing to give him in return, said the man, his personality and offered his head by beheading himself. Siri Sanga Bo regarded as a great Buddhist Saint in Sri Lanka.