Erudite monk in country’s history
Dec 6, 2010 7:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
The appointment of the Most Venerable Rajakeeya Panditha Weligama Gnanaratana Mahanayake Thera as the new Mahanayake of the Amarapura Dharmarakshita Mahanikaya was unanimously announced by the Executive Sanga Committee of the Amarapura Maha Nikaya on September 12, 2003, a position vacated with the demise of the Most Venerable Agga Maha Panditha Madihe Pannasiha Mahanayake Thera. The prelate was until then the Anu Nayake Mahanayake Thera for 47 long years.
This prestigious event in the contemporary Buddhasasana was felicitated at a solemn ceremony at the BMICH in the presence of huge gathering of monks, devotees, dayakas, dayikas and VIPs. The Thera received the Aktha Patrafrom the then Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe. This paper traditionally depicts and discloses the origins and elaborates in detail on the Thera’s immense contribution to Buddhism, the Sasana in particular since he was ordained on November 30, 1925 for a period spanning 85 years.