IJSRP, Volume 9, Issue 9, September 2019 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Dr. Nadeesha Gunawardana
The influence of the Mahāyāna encouraged the practice of worshipping Bōdhisattvas within the Sinhalese Buddhist rituals. The feminine principle was not venerated in Buddhism until the 4th C.E and Goddess Tārā probably entered Buddhism around the 6th C.E. The Śhakti of the Avalōkiteśvara is called as Tārā. The Mihitalē inscription of king Mihidu IV describes her as Minināl (Gunawardna, N 2017:185-190). The Sinhales Buddhist called her as Biso Bandara. Tisara Sandeśha treats her as Tārā Bisō. She is known as the mother of liberation. She represents the virtues of Success in work and achievements.