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Ceremonies to mark Ven. Bellanwila Sri Somaratana Nayake Thera's 20th death anniversary

Commemorative ceremonies to mark the 20th death anniversary of Ven. Bellanwila Sri Somaratana Nayake Thera, Chief Incumbent at Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya and the former Chief Sangha Nayake of the Ratmalana Chapter of Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagri Dhamma Maha Sangha Sabha will be held on August 18 at the Bellanwila Raja Maha Vihara.

The release of the new edition of the book 'Ayithihasika Bellanwila (Historic Bellanwila) and a compendium of selected articles on Bellanwila temple.

Bellanwila Raja Maha Vehera Wagatuga plus the release of a new compact disc and a cassette containing songs written on Bellanwila Vihara, donation of scholarships and computers to students and temples, are among the highlights during the inaugural ceremony on Wednesday to be chaired by Ven. Bellana Sri Gnanawimala Thera, Maha Nayake of Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagri Dharma Maha Sangha Sabha.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and MP Karu Jayasuriya are expected to participate as special invitees. Prof. J. B. Dissanayake will deliver the commemorative lecture. The Nayaka Thera rendered a yeoman service to the Sasana and the community for over 70 years until he passed away in 1984.

The commemorative Dhamma sermons at the Vihara on August 19, 20 and 21 at 7.00 p.m. will be delivered by Ven. Bandarawela Amithananda Thera, Ven. Beragama Amitha Thera and Ven. Padalangala Dhammadeva Thera after the three separate Gilanpasa Pooja processions from Attidiya, Bellanwila and Divulpitiya areas reached the temple.

On August 15, alms to over 150 members of Maha Sangha will be offered at the temple to mark the event.

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