The entire country is prepared to mark the 2600 years of the Lord Buddha’s Enlightment. Ministers, Parliamentarians including Heads of Public Institutions of the North Western Province observed Sil near the Governor’s office today to mark the Sambuddhatva Jayanthi. This was organized by the Social Welfare Ministry of the North Western Province.
16 novice monks were ordained at the Rawanagoda Vidyaloka Pirivena in Kotmale under the guidance of Ven. Kahathewala Chandrajothi Thera. Alms were offered to 60 Buddhist Monks.
A “Pindapatha” pinkama was held at Hemmathagama to mark the 2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanthi at the Kapurekka Vihara, under the guidance of the Chief Incumbent The Ven. Randiligama Jinaratana Thera. Both Sinahala and Muslim communities contributed for this event.
A series of programmes organized by the Sabaragamuwa polity to mark the Sambuddhatva Jayanthi commenced today. The launching took place under the guidance of Sabaragamuwa Governor W.J.M. Lokubandara and Chief Minister Mahipala Herath.
The Southern Province Secretariat also organized many programmes to mark this event. The opening of the new Buddhist Shrine of the Southern Province Secretariat took place in parallel to these programmes. Provincial Governor Kumari Balasuriya and Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal de Silva patronized.
The placing of the 11 feet gold plated Casket of Sri Dharmanikethana-rama of Kalapaluwawa in Rajagiriya took place under the patronage of the Chief Incumbent of the Vihara, Ven. Delduwe Gnanasumana Thera. This Casket which weighs one ton is the largest in the country. The Relic Casket was brought to the Vihara after the conduct of religious observances at the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy.
The Rehabilitation Ministry had organized a Pirith chanting and offering of alms on the following day in view of the Sambuddhatva Jayanthi. This programme was organized under the patronage of Minister Gunaratne Weerakoon and Deputy Minister Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan. Many officials of the Ministry also participated.