Jun 28, 2018

President inaugurates a host of Poya programmes (Pics)

A series of programs were held yesterday (27) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena, to mark the Poson Poya.

A new Piriven building complex and the Sangawasaya at the historic Dimbulagala Aranya Senasanaya was inaugurated by the president.

A painting of the temple was offered to the Chief Incumbent of Dibulagala Forest Monastery - Ven. Millane Siriyalankara Thero by the President.

Addressing the ceremony, the president said that the development plans will be conducted in the future to provide facilities for the Buddhist monks residing in the Dibulagala forest monastery which was one of the main forest monasteries since the ancient kingdoms and to develop this premises as a respectable and virtuous place which will enchant the local as well as foreign visitors.

The new piriven building complex and the residence for sangha built under the “Pibidemu Polonnaruwa” district development program wwas constructed at a cost of Rs.40 million. The dialog Axiata has provided monetary aid for construction of the new doors of the entrance of the wahalkada. President Sirisena presented souvenirs to those who contributed in the construction process.

Minister Wijeydasa Rajapakshe, former Chief Minister of the North Central Province Peshala Jayarathne, District Secretary for Polonnaruwa Ranjith Ariyarathne, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe, and other public representatives as well a large crowd of worshippers were present in this event.

Album name : Opening of Piriven building complex & Sangawasaya at the historic Dimbulagala Aranya Senasanaya.

‘Sadaham Yathra’

Meanwhile the Poson full moon poya day “Janapathi Sadaham Yathra”, religious sermon was also held at the Dibulagala Rajamaha Temple.

Maha Nayaka of the Amarapura Sri Dharmarakshita Nikaya and the Chief Incumbent at Bambalapitiya Sri Vajiraramaya temple -most venerable Rajakiya Panditha Trincomalee Ananda Thero delivered the sermon. The President was also present among the devotees.

Rice Dansela

The Poson Maha Bath Dansala annually organized by the Polonnaruwa Buddhist Association, of which the Chairman is the president, was held for the 58th time yesterday near the Parakum Samudura in Polonnaruwa, to provide meals to the thousands of devotees visiting Polonnaruwa to worship historic religious places in the area.

This rice dansela was organized by the chair of the Buddhist Council President Maithripala Sirisena on behalf of pilgrims gathering in hundreds of thousands to worships in celebrating the Poson full moon poya day on which Arahat Mahinda arrived in Sri Lanka.

The Dansela started after offering danaya to the Mahasangha where the special preaching and Punya Anumodana was conducted by the Anunayaka of Udarata Amarapura Maha Nikaya Chief Incumbent of Japan’s Sakamuni International Buddhist Centre - Ven.Yalagamuwe Dhammissara Thero.

Chief Prelate of Alahara Bakamuna region - Ven. Liyangaswagure Devananda Thero and other mahasangha too were present at the event.

A huge crowd gathered from different areas to Polonnaruwa sacred premises came to the dansela where the President too engaged in serving them food.

The dansela will be continued today as well as tomorrow from morning to night on behalf of the crowd gathered for worship.

Minister Wijeydasa Rajapakshe, Members of Parliament Nalaka Kollonne, Siripala Gamlath, former Chief Minister of the North Central Province Peshala Jayarathne, Chairman of the Polonnaruwa Municipal Council Chanaka Sidath Ranasighe, District Secretary for Polonnaruwa Ranjith Ariyarathne and others were present in this event.