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President unveils Sri Anandaramaya pinnacle in Kalutara

Mar 15, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will ceremonially unveil the pinnacle of the newly constructed cetiya at Sri Anandaramaya in Maha Heenatiyangala village in Kalutara South today. The statue made out of rock, five feet in height and in Abaya and Kataka mudra is surrounded by four stone pillars representing four noble truths of worldly life leading to sorrow. The leaning rock pillar on the left indicates the attachment to worldly things, which causes the suffering. The eight rock pillars on the right indicate the eightfold path to get rid of earthly attachment leading to sorrow. The fallen rock pillar on the left indicates the understanding of reality and realization of Nibbana. In front of the rock statue is placed the Siripatula carved out of rose granite (tiruwana) modelled on that of the Siripatula found in the Shrine room at Ruwanveli Dagoba. Behind the statue rises the bodhiya, a sapling of Sri Maha Bodhiya planted in 1989.   www.dailynews.lk/2010/03/16/news02.asp