Ceremony to honour Deputy Chief Sanganayaka
resident Mahinda Rajapaksa, president of the Sithulpawwa Rajamaha
Vihara Dayaka Sabawa will present the ‘Wijinipatha’ to Venerable
Metaramba Premaratana Thera on his appointment as Dakshina Lanka Deputy
Chief Sanganayaka at a ceremony to be held tomorrow at Yatagala Rajamaha
Ven. Wetaramba Hemaratana Thera was the fifth in the family of six at
Mataramba village along Habaraduwa road via Heenatigala junction at
Unawatuna in the south. Ven. Thera had his early education at Yatagala
He became a novice monk at the age of 10 in 1956. This young Bhikkhu
continued his education at Hettachala Piriwena, Yatagala and then at
Piriwen Training school at Ratmalana.
The Venerable Thera received his higher ordination before the Chief
Prelate of Malwathu Chapter on June 06, 1965.
The Ven. Thera entered Vidyodaya University and obtained an Arts
Degree. He also obtained a post-graduate degree from the Colombo
University followed by a Master of Arts degree from Kelaniya University.
He became the Viharadhipathi of Yatagala Rajamaha Viharaya in 1976.
He also held the posts of Piriwenadhipathi and Secretary of the
working committee of Piriwenas in Galle district during 1987 to 1997. He
was also honoured with the post of the president of the Senerath
Paranawithana Foundation. He has written several books.
The Ven. Thera became the Ashtamaha Viharadhipathi in 2004. His
religious services didn’t confine to his motherland alone. They included
his missionary activities in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore during
He was also called upon to accept the post of Viharadhipathi at the
Red Bridge Temple in the UK in 2000.
Malwathu Chapter of Kandy, having appreciated the outstanding
services of the thera, bestowed upon him the Upa Pradhanar Sanghanayaka
post of southern Sri Lanka. The Mahanayaka of Malwathu Chapter Most. Ven.
Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera presented the Sannas Pathraya of this
post on August 30 this year in Kandy.
The felicitation ceremony was held yesterday at Yatagala Rajamaha