Weliwita Sri Saranankara Thero
Weliwita Sri Saranankara Thero (July 1698 – July 1778) was a Buddhist monk, who was the last Sangharaja of Sri Lanka. He was the pioneer in the revival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, after the decline of the religion in the 17th and 18th centuries. Weliwita Sri Saranankara Thero was bestowed with the Sangharaja title by king Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe in 1753, the same year he received the Upasampada and reestablished the Buddhist order in Sri Lanka with the help of Mahasangha in Thailand. Thero is also credited with the establishment of “Piriven” (Dhamma Teaching Schools) in Sri Lanka. His complete title was 'Venerable Weliwita Asarana Sarana Sri Saranankara Sangha Raja Mahathera'.
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