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Balangoda Ananda Thero

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Venerable Balangoda Ananda Maithriya Thero.

The Most Venerable Aggamaha Panditha, Abidajada Maharattaguru Balangoda Ananda Maithriya Thero was born at Bulathgama in Balangoda . Since the day he became a novice monk. He was enthusiastically dedicated to the study of the Philosophy of Buddhism.

While he was living at Balangoda Udumulla Nandaramaya as a scholar he spent much time studying various Languages and obtaining a clear and deep understanding of the Philosophy of the Lord Buddha. He was fluent in 18 Languages, as a result he was honoured with the title 'Aggamaha Panditha' by the government of Burma.(Myanmar)

The venarable monk not only dedicated his whole life to uplifting the Sasana worldwide but also rendered yeoman service to develop his hometown. He was the pioneer in establishing some schools such as the Balangoda Buddha Jayanthi Vidyalaya and The Balangoda National School which at the time was most essential and fulfilled a vital need. His services on a national level to improve the quality of religious education and education in general has been outstanding.was greatly appreciated ILe Vice Chancellor of the Vidyalankara University and was the profounder of Nalanda College In recognition of his profound knowledge of the great Philosophy of the Buddha and the service rendered for the upliftment of the Buddha Sasana he was honoured,with the title 'Abidajada Maha Rattaguru'