President Rajapakse calls on Mahanayake Theras
THE newly elected fifth Executive President of Sri Lanka Mahinda
Rajapakse visited Dalada Maligawa in Kandy yesterday morning,
accompanied by his wife Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapakse and received blessings
of "Thrivida Ratne" at a colourful and dignified ceremony held in
keeping with age-old traditions, on his assuming the highest office.
Diyawadana Nilame Nilanga Dela Bandara received President Rajapakse
on arrival at the entrance by handing over to him (the President) a tray
of Jesmin flowers and was conducted in a traditional procession to the
On arrival at the Maligawa President Rajapakse was received by former
Minister of Posts, Telecommunication and Udarata Development D. M.
President Mahinda Rajapakse was conducted to the historic "Hewisi
Mandapaya" at the ground floor of the Maligawa where Kings of the
Kandyan period were coronated and blessed by Maha Sangha headed by Most
Vens. Mahanayake Theras on the "Sandakada Pahana" (moonstone).
In keeping with those age-old traditions and customs Mahinda
Rajapakse who was elected by the people on Thursday, November 17th, as
the 5th Executive President of Sri Lanka was blessed on his assuming new
office by Maha Sangha by the chanting of "Seth Pirith".
Thereafter he was conducted to the inner shrine at the upper floor of
the Maligawa where he made offerings to the Sacred Tooth Relic and
received the blessings.
The members of Maha Sangha of the Malwatta Chapter who officiate the
Thewawa (rituals) blessed the new President and Wished that with the
blessings of the "Trivida Ratne" President Rajapakse would receive all
the power, courage and good health to fulfill his tasks of creating a
peaceful and prosperous country - a new Sri Lanka as has endeavoured to.
After the religious performances at the inner shrine President
Rajapakse was conducted to the office of the Diyawadana Nilame, where he
signed the visitors book.
Thereafter, President Rajapakse called on Most. Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri
Siddhartha Sumangala Mahanayake Thera of the Malwatte Maha Vihara
Chapter and Most. Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Ratanapala Mahanayake
Thera of the Asgiriya Maha Vihara Chapter at their respective Aramayas.
He offered "Atapirikaras" to the prelates before he received their
Most Ven. Pandith Niyangoda Vijithasiri Nayake Thera the Anunayake
Thera of Malwatta Chapter and Most. Ven. Galagama Attadassi Anunayake
Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter also participated at the ceremonies.
President Rajapakse's three sons were also participated in these