The chief priest of the temple also served the Bangladesh government as a Judge and Magistrate for about 8 years
The founder and chief priest of Bandarban’s Golden Temple, U Pannya Jota Mahathero, passed away on Monday while undergoing treatment at the Chittagong Max Hospital.
The chief priest was under observation in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit after suffering a cardiac arrest on Friday morning, said Dr Ang Chalu, deputy director of Bandarban Division of Population Control and Family Planning.
U Pannya Jota Mahathero, 64, locally known as Guru Bhante, was a Theravada monk in Bangladesh. He was born in the Royal Bohmong family at Bandarban. He served the Bangladesh government as a Judge and Magistrate for about 8 years. He became a Buddhist monk afterwards, inspiring thousands of Buddhists around the country and the world.
U Pannya Jota devoted his life to learning and practising Buddhism in depth. He believed Buddhism has the potential to infuse peace in the minds of people. Teaching and meditation in Buddhism were his strengths in serving society. He was one of the social reformers who propagated a scientific understanding of Buddhism.
The Buddha Dhatu Jadi, locally known as Golden Temple, is the largest Theravada Buddhist Temple, with the second largest Buddha statue, in Bangladesh.