The President arrived at the sacred site this morning and paid homage at the Kirivehera. Its Chief Incumbent, the Ven. DR. Aluthwewa Soratha thera chanted seth pirith and showered blessings on the President. Thereafter he joined in a religious ceremony at the Kataragama Maha Devale. He seized the opportunity of receiving blessings by visiting all Devales in the Sacred Site and participate in religious observances. Uva Chief Minister Shashindra Rajapaksa and Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa were present.
Meanwhile, the President monitored work on Botanical Gardens which is under construction at Mirijjawila. It is the first to come up in a Dry Zone.
On his return to Colombo, the President inspected the construction work on the Colombo Marine Drive which links Bambalapitiya and Kollupitiya.