President Rajapaksa welcomed the Aiyappan Pada Yathra of the Hindu devotees near Temple Trees. It was organized to invoke blessings on the country.
Another purpose of this “Pada Yathra” was to wish lasting peace which has now been enthroned in the country after three decades of terrorism and to bless the President who brought peace. The Pada Yathra which commenced from the Ponnambala-Vaneshwarar Kovil in Kotahena was received by President Rajapaksa near Temple Trees. Hindu Priests blessed the President. Thereafter, the Pada Yathra proceeded to the Mairabadi Kovil in Wellawatte. The Pada Yathra was organsied by the Sri Lanka Sabarimalai Pada Yathra Association. A large number of Hindu Priests and devotees participated.