On the guidence of Arahant Mihindu,Sri lanka King Devanampiyatissa sent a special message through prince Aritta to the Emperror Asoka in India,requesting the Bodhi Sapling to be implanted here. As a result, Emperor Asoka’s daughter Arahant Sangamitta sent out with the Sacred Bodhi tree’s right sapling and with her eight uncles and retinue to sri lanka in 3RD C, B.C.
In a big ceremony with a procession with elephants,participating thousands of people,the king highly accepting the Bodhi sapling and implanted in Anuradhapura in Mahameuna Garden.
Among the eight uncles,eldest and the youngest ones given the responsibility of the sacred Bodhi sapling.The youngest prince Sumitta has been given guardian ship name [Mahalena] and ordered him to arrange processions and rituals. Other six uncles were given responsibility to do daily rituals and other activities relevant to the sacred Bodhi sapling.