the Portuguese, the Dutch too use of the present upper terrace
or the uda maluwa area as a camp followed by the British as
well, subsequently. During the British period, since the latter
half of the 19 century, it was used as an office premises
with the residence of the Government Agent.
activities of the historic Kalytara Bodhi in the recent past
begging with the Kalutara Buddhist society which was instituted
in 1931 through untiring efforts made by Sir Cyril De Zoysa.
In 1942 with the commencement of development activities in
the lower terrace, the pinnacle of the chithya was laid.
the Sri Lanka became independence, following a request made
by Sir Cyril De Zoysa from the first Prime Minister of the
country, Right Honorable D.S. Senanayaka, the then Assistant
Government Agent of Kalutara, Mr. C.P. De Silva took step
to release the kahcheryi on the uda maluwa.
it was felt that there should be a legal authority to facilitate
the development activities, the Bodhi Trust pioneered by Sir
Cyril De Zoysa, was established on November 11th 1951. There
after, with land around the sacred Bodhi Tree being entrusted
to the Kalutara Bodhi Trust by the Government, the area witnessed
a speedy development.
in 1964 that the Foundation stone was laid for the construction
of the great chaithya on the uda maluwa following the structure
of the “wata da ge”, In 1969 all the lands and
buildings which belong to kachchei were entrusted to the Bodhi
Trust. By 1976, construction work on the massive “Wata
da ge” was completed and the pinnacle was laid for warship
by the public.
Bodhi Trust hold the responsibility of providing security
to the Kalutara Bodhi and maintaining the cleanliness and
the beauty of the place. It continues with the administrative
activities too simultaneously.
The idea of the Kalutara Bodhi Trust is to perform its duties
for the propagation of the Buddha Sasana, the Dhamma and the
Sangha. With this noble idea in view, the trust is engaged
in numerous activities such as the maintenance of the Bhikku
wards in hospitals, provision of lenses, spectacles and medicines
to the Sangha, maintenance of buildings, Buddha statues, dharma
salas (preaching halls), Bodhi walls, vihara buildings, chaithyas,
alms halls, residing places for Bhikku etc. In temples, activities
relating to the higher ordination of Bhikkus, provision of
the requisites (pirikara, gilanpasa, etc), providing facilitiea
for the Bikkus and the laymen who observe ‘sil’,
the supply of foods and drinks to about 5000 male and female
devotees who observe sil on full moon poya days etc.
above mentioned activities, the Trust is actively involved
in other projects, too, such as the foster project for the
supply of books etc. to novice monks in pirivenas for their
educational purposes, the project for the release of cattle
condemned for slaughter, Health Care Fund, Dharma School Development
project, the project for the improvement of knowledge of Englidh
among Dhamma School children etc.