Buddha Temple in Chennai
The Sri Lanka Mahabodhi Centre is a Sri Lankan establishment in Chennai.
It is located in Egmore . It is run by the Sri Lanka Mahabodhi Society and serves
as a monument of friendship between Sri Lanka and India. The head quarters
of the Mahabodhi Society is located at Colombo.The Mahabodhi Society of India
was founded by Anagarika Dharmmapala in May 1891 under the objective of
restoring the ancient Buddhist shrines at places such as Gaya and Sarnath.
He founded the Society's first center at Bodh Gaya and in various other cities,
including the one at Chennai, with the objective of providing shelter, assistance
and guidance to the devotees who visit Buddha Gaya annually. The Chennai
centre was established with the money borrowed from Sir Kent, in favour
of the Maha Bodhi society Sri Lanka .
The Buddha temple:
Sri Lanka Mahabodhi Centre is located at Kenneth lane Opposite to Egmore Railway Station. A small temple of Lord Buddha, named Buddha Vihar, is situated inside the building of the Maha Bodhi Society of India. It is the only Buddhist temple in Chennai. The temple has a 18-ft life-size idol of Lord Buddha in a standing posture (Abhya Mudra) in the main hall. The festival of "Vesak" is celebrated annually in the month of May and cultural programmes are held at the centre. The centre also has a free homeopathic clinic started by the then director of the Chennai Centre, Ven. Ellawala Nandisvara Nayaka Thera, who is also instrumental in building the temple.
On 14 May 2011, Mahabodhi Nikethanaya, a lodging facility for Buddhist pilgrims from Sri Lanka, was inaugurated in the centre, as part of 2,600th Sri Sambuddhatva Jayanthi celebrations by the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai, which commemorates Buddha's enlightenment. The five-storeyed building was constructed at a cost of 65 million. The building has 32 rooms.The centre is venerated as a popular temple of "Theravada" worship that is visited by about 120,000 to 150,000 people annually . This Buddha Vihar is situated at 12, Kennet Lane in Egmore, Opp. to Egmore Railway Station. Chennai - 8. Ph : 28192458.
Buddhist Temple in Theosophical Society :
The Theosophical Society is very
important for having promoted a renewed interest
in Theravada Buddhism, especially through the
revival in Sri Lanka. But in itself it
represents a rather poor idea of the Buddha’s
teachings. Buddhist “temples” (viharas) exist
through the sangha, the people living at a place. Located in Adyar, Chennai - 600 020.
Entre Free, Timings : 8.30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. Sunday Holiday. Ph : 24912474.