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State Minister attends 'Aloka Pooja' at the Thanthirimale temple

State Minister attends 'Aloka Pooja' at the Thanthirimale temple

[June 09 2017]


State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene attended the 14th annual 'Aloka Pooja' held at the Thanthirimale temple in Anuradhapura yesterday (8th Thursday, June 2017).

Thanthirimale Aloka Pooja is an annual religious event organized to illuminate the historic Thanthirimale sacred areas in view of the Poson Poya day.

Speaking at the event, State Minister highlighted the importance of Mahindagamanaya, the arrival of Arahat Mahinda Thera in Sri Lanka with the noblest gift of Buddhism. Buddhist culture has immensely assisted to develop arts, agriculture and education in the country. Protecting Buddhism is one of the main focuses of the government while moving towards development, he said.

Further he highlighted the importance of spiritual development of a country, while concentrating on physical Development and Infrastructure. State Minister also commended the service rendered by Buddhist monks, who assisted to protect the temple during the war period. Blessings of this year's 'Aloka Pooja' to offer on recent flood victims, he added.

A statue of Sanghamitta thero was also declared open for the devotees during the event. The religious event was organized by the Wijeya Newspapers Limited and the Lankadeepa Newspaper.

Chief Incumbent of the Thanthirimale Raja Maha Vihara Thanthirimale Chandarathana Thera, Venerable Maha Sanga, Ministers, Chairman of Wijeya Newspapers Ltd and large number of devotees were also present at the occasion.


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