Green Devachan , an Environmental Project of MIMC at Devachan.
It does not take a person long to realize that every flower that blooms and every tree that survives on the Devachan campus is a living miracle. The grassless craggy mountains that ring the campus the of brown, boulder ridden land that lie beneath, the sand that swirls in the whipping evening wind all are the very antithesis of a green and lush landscape. But walking among the different compounds of Devachan one is transported into lush gardens full of flowers and fruit trees. There are even little vegetable plots.
‘Green Devachan’ is blooming due to many years of concentrated effort and relentless care. Guruji - Ven. Sanghasena Mahanayaka Thera, started the Mahabodhi Desert Development and Afforestation Project in 1992 as the first buildings were constructed and the first students moved in. The main aim of the project is to turn the rugged, sandy, and barren desert like land of the Devachan campus into a green oasis. Slowly but surely this goal is being reached.
Now the once desert part of the mountain close to Leh in Choglamsa is turned into a real oasis where more than 500 odd residence of the Mahabodhi Campus not only enjoy spiritual atmosphere but also a very beautiful village like atmosphere with apple trees, apricot trees, poplars, willows, vegetables and flowers. Indeed the desert is now turning into a Devachan (Pure Land or Heaven like) in real sense with the blessing of Guruji – Ven Sanghasena Mahanayka Thera.