The national Poson Week has been launched with the historic ‘Pan Perahera’.
The ‘Pan Perahera’ was held from the Thisa-Wewa to the Sri Maha Bodhi. The Poson festival traditionally begins with the ‘Sath Pirith’ chanting ceremony. It will come to an end with the ‘Dorakada Asna’ ceremony on the night of the 18th . A number of functions will be held centering the Atamastana during the Poson week. Many devotees including Ministers and Parliamentarians participated in the religious programmes including the Pan Perahera held yesterday. The Sathi-patthana Pooja also began at the Sri Maha Bodhi Maluwa yesterday while the ‘aloka pooja’ will be held at the Ruwan weli Seya on Tuesday.
Meanwhile the pilgrims who visit Anuradhapura during the Poson festival will be prohibited from bathing in the Nuwara wewa and the Thisa wewa. Water for the usage of pilgrims in the sacred city is being released from the Nuwara Wewa and Thisa wewa. The Irrigation Director of the Anuradhapura Zone Wasantha Palugaswewa said that therefore bathing in those tanks has been prohibited during the Poson festival. Other tanks may be used for bathing and special life saving teams will be deployed for the protection of the pilgrims. Five hundred Police and naval personnel have been deployed for Basawakkulama, Kala wewa and Nachchaduwa tank. Senior DIG Jayantha Gamage has called on the pilgrims to prevent from bathing in tanks where no life savers are on duty.