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
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.