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Sanghamitta was the daughter of Emperor Ashoka, the Great Mauryan Emperor. She played a crucial role in the spread of Buddhism, accompanying her brother Mahinda to Sri Lanka as a Buddhist missionary. Sanghamitta is known for bringing a sacred Bodhi tree sapling to Sri Lanka, where it was planted, becoming an important symbol of Buddhism on the island.

Her efforts in Sri Lanka contributed to the growth and preservation of Buddhism in the region.