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Jul 26, 2011 11:59:41 AM - itnnews.lk

President Rajapaksa has declared open the newly constructed Salapathala Maluwa of the historic Mirisawetiya Chaithya. The Salapathala Maluwa of the Mirisawetiya Chaithya was built by King Dutugemunu who united the country. It was in a dilapidated condition. It was newly built and offered to the Sri Sambuddha Sasana under the patronage of the President. The reconstruction was carried out by members of the Army under the guidance of the Army Commander and the approval of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. The Project was launched on the advice of the Chief Incumbent of the Atamasthana the Ven. Pallegama Sirinivasa Thera and the guidance of the Head of the Chaithyarama of Mirisawetiya the Ven. Ethalawetunuwewe Gnanatilake Thera.

The President who visited the Chaithya and the Vihara Mandiraya after the offering of the Salapathala Maluwa to the Buddha Sasana, engaged in religious observances. According to history, the Dagoba built by King Dutugemunu was thereafter reconstructed by King Parakramabahu the Great, King Mihindu the Fifth and King Gajaba. The King of Thailand had contributed towards its reconstruction in 1888.

Delivering an Anusasana, the Ven. Ethalawetunuwewe Gnanatilake Thera high acclaimed the President’s noble services towards religion and the Sasana.