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Anuradhapura is an ancient city that was the main seat of the Sinhalese kingdom for almost 1500 years.

It is also famous as one of the most important centers of Buddhism and was the royal capital for119 Sinhalese kings.

There we can see Buddhist shrines located in the area, feel completelyenthralled at the sight of the holy Bo-tree, which was grown from a branch of the Bodhitree under which the Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment. Also visit Thuparama dagoba that is one of the important tourist destinations as it contains the collar bone of Lord Buddha, which is one of the most holy Buddhist relics.

Mihintale that is located at a distance of 7 miles from the main city of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. A grand stairway with 1840 steps leads to the summit at Mihintale from where you get a breath stopping and incomparably scenic view of theentire countryside. Also the Kuttam Pokuna, Buddha Samadhi and the Brazen Place.

Located at a distance of 128 miles from the Colombo city, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka is oneof the most serene tourist destinations covered in a blanket of Buddhism.

DIOCESE

 JAFFNA

Present Bishop

 Rt. Rev. Dr. E. Thomas Savundaranayagam

Diocesan Director

 Rev. Fr. Jude Nixon

Area

 1794 sq. miles

No. of Catholics

 139,594

No. of Parishes

 51

No. of Churches

 

No. of Diocesan Priests

 112

No. of Religious Priests

 25

No. of Rev. Sisters

 217

No. of Convents

 31

No.of Junior Seminarians

 43

No. of Shrines

 07

No. of Elder's Homes

 01

No. of Children's Homes

 04

Name of 1st Bishop

 Jean Etienne Semeria OMI

Name of 2nd Bishop

 Christopher Etienne Bonjean OMI

Name of 3rd Bishop

 Andre Theophile Melizan OMI

Name of 4th Bishop

 Henri Joulain OMI

Name of 5th Bishop

 Jules Andre Brault

Name of 6th Bishop

 Alfred Jean Guyomard OMI

 Jerome Emilianus Pillai OMI
Jacob Bastiampillai Deogupillai
Thomas Savundaranayagam
 

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