Religious observances at Mirisawetiya Stupa to bless people, country in face of COVID-19 pandemic | Daily News

Religious observances at Mirisawetiya Stupa to bless people, country in face of COVID-19 pandemic

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the statue of King Dutugemunu. First Lady Ayoma Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Rted.) Kamal Gunaratne and Army Commander Lt.Gen. Shavendra Silva were also present.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the statue of King Dutugemunu. First Lady Ayoma Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Rted.) Kamal Gunaratne and Army Commander Lt.Gen. Shavendra Silva were also present.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa attended religious observances at the historic Mirisawetiya Stupa in Anuradhapura seeking blessings for the people and the country in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Pirith chanting ceremony was held with the participation of 500 members of the Maha Sangha to invoke blessings on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, to mark one-year anniversary of the inauguration of the President, to mark the birthday of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and to bless all the citizens to overcome the pandemic at the Mirisawetiya Stupa.

Five hundred members of the Maha Sangha participated in the Pinkama which was organised on the advice of Ven. Dr. Pallegama Siriniwasa Nayaka Thera - Atamasthanadhipathi, and Chief Sanghanayaka-North Central Province Bomaluwa Temple, Maha Viharaya in Anuradhapura and the Chief Incumbent of the Mirisawetiya Temple, Ven. Eethalawetunuwewe Gnanathilaka Nayaka Thera. The programme was presided over by the Anunayake of the Malwathu Chapter Most Ven. Dimbul Kumbure Sri Wimaladharma Thera.

Religious rites and rituals began with the offering of a Buddha Pooja at the Buddha Mandiraya in the Mirisawetiya temple. A special Pirith chanting was conducted at the premises and an Aloka Pooja was also held under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The President and the Prime Minister paid homage to the Maha Sangha and presented Pirikara.