Sir Adwin Arnold

For nearly 800 years Buddhism was forgotten and neglected in India, the birth land of the Buddha.
In 1885, Sir Edwin Arnold, the well known author of “The Light of the Asia” published few articles in “The Telegraph” of which he was the Editor, drawing the attention of the Buddhists to the deplorable conditions of the Buddhagaya Temple and its surroundings.

Anagarika Dharmapala

When Anagarika Dharmapala a noble son of Sri Lanka( Then Ceylon) read these articles he was deeply moved.
He visited Buddhagaya on 22nd Jaunary,1891. His heart broke when he saw the appealing condition of this holy spots, with absolute dedication he resolved to start his great mission to for the restoration of Buddhagaya Temple and regenaration of Buddhism in the land of the its birth.