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State Minister attends as Chief Guest at the investiture ceremony of Chief Sanghanayake of the Eastern Province

State Minister attends as Chief Guest at the investiture ceremony of Chief Sanghanayake of the Eastern Province

[Aug 29 2016]

State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene was the chief guest at the investiture ceremony of the incumbent of the historical Girihadu Seya temple, the post of Chief Sanghanayake of the Eastern Province on Monday (29th August 2016).

The religious event was held in view of presenting the post of Chief Sanghanayake of the Eastern Province of the Amarapura sect of the Amarapura Maha Nikaya and also presenting the honorary title of Siri Ananda Vangsha Sathdarma Keerthi Sri to the chief prelate, Ven Dr. Devinuwara Chandima Thero.

The 'Sannas Pathraya' was presented to the Venerable Thero by the State Minister while the 'Vijini Pathraya' was presented by former Navy Commander Admiral (Retd) Daya Sandagiri.

While addressing the gathering State Minister Wijewardene said that sacrifices and services rendered by the Maha Sangha and security forces in protecting Buddhist places of worship including the historic places during the three decade long terrorist reign is immense. During that period people of all faiths had to abandon their villages and these places of worship including this region was left neglected and no development took place. He pointed out the importance of spiritual development together with physical development.

While recalling the services of the security forces in protecting this important place of worship he admired the role played by the chief prelate in its development. He also thanked the Venerable Thero for this great service. The State Minister also said that the Ministry will take necessary steps to protect such historical places of worship in the future as well.

The religious ceremonies which commenced on 24th (August 2016) at the Girihadu Seya will include the annual exposition of sacred relics and also the 12th commemorative programme of the late Ven. Darmakeerthi Sri Gandara Ananda Thero. The programme will end on the 30th.

A booklet on Girihadu Seya and the Chief Prelate was presented among all those present during the ceremony while the Chief Prelate presented a photo of the historic temple to the special guests.

     

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