The Sri Sambuddhatva Jayanthi national programme that started from Anuradhapura had come to an end in Matara. The impressive procession organized in Matara was conducted under the patronage of the President.
The procession paraded the streets last night. It was organized under the guidance of Ven. Gatamanne Gunananda Thera. The religious functions were presided over by the Maha Sangha led by Ven. Welamitiyawe Kusaladhamma Thera. President Mahinda Rajapaksa placed the casket of relics on the elephant. Minister Dallas Alahapperuma was also amongst the Ministers and Parliamentarians and provincial heads who participated in the occasion. A large number of people had gathered to view the procession.