The carving of a Rock Buddha Statue at the historic Mavaragala Meditation Centre in Dambana was initiated. The work was inaugurated under the patronage of Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva. It will be completed at the cost of five million rupees. Provincial Minister Anura Vidanagamage and Aadivasee Chief Uruwarige Wannila Atto were amongst those who participated.
A series of programmes were organized by the Chief Secretary’s office in the Southern Province on the occasion of the Sambuddhatva Jayanthi. A shrine room was inaugurated at the office under the patronage of Southern Province Governor Kumari Balasuriya and Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal de Silva. A Pirith chanting ceremony was included in several religious programmes that were conducted. Southern Province Chief Secretary M.C. Dissanayake was amongst those who participated in the occasion. The Sambuddhatva Jayanthi procession organized by the Colombo Central Sasanarakshaka Bala Mandalaya and Dharmaparayana Dhamma school of the Jethawanarama paraded the streets. It was organized under the guidance of the Chief Incumbent of Purwarama in Gunasinghe Pura Ven. Paathegama Anuruddha Thera.
Parliamentarian Duminda Silva has granted financial assistance for the Danselas being organized to mark the Sambuddhatva Jayanthi. He made personal donations to buy commodities such as rice, noodles and ice-cream. He also donated wheel chairs for people with disabilities.
Meanwhile, a series of Sambuddhatva Jayanthi religious programmes were launched at Sankhapitthi Temple in Kotalawala, Kaduwela. The exposition of relics carried in the Pooja procession of the temple for 167 years also started today. It will be held until Tuesday. A series of Dhamma sermons were held until yesterday.