President unveils restored statue of King Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe at Walukaramaya Colpetty
A momentous occasion unfolded yesterday (12) at the Walukaramaya Buddhist Temple in Colpetty as President Ranil Wickremesinghe presided over the unveiling of the restored metal statue of King Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe. The event, held under the auspices of Vichithra Bhanaka Ven. Maharagama Nanda Thera, commemorating his 70th birth anniversary and marked a significant milestone in the restoration of the temple’s sacred artefacts.
The restoration of the metal statue of King Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe was made possible through the generous support of Thai donors, notably ascetic Luangphor Rishi Keth Kaw, under the guidance of Ven. Prakru Udom Dammanukul Vibanpaw Thera of the Supreme Patriarch descent of Thailand. The unveiling ceremony saw President Ranil Wickremesinghe unveiling the metallic statue, symbolizing a renewed dedication to preserving cultural heritage.
In tandem with this momentous occasion, statues of Most Ven. Welivita Saranankara Sangharaja Thera and Most Ven. Upali Maha Thera of Siam were also restored and unveiled by Ven. Maharagama Nanda Thera and Ven. Prakru Udom Dammanukul Vibanpaw Thera, further enriching the spiritual ambiance of the temple shrine.
Following the unveiling, Mahanayaka of the Sri Kalyani Samagri Dharma Maha Sangha Sabha, Mahopadhyaya Ven. Malwane Pagngnasarabhidhana Maha Nayaka Thera, led the assembled gathering in reciting the five precept, while Ven. Maharagama Nanda Thera extended a warm welcome to the attendees and delivered an inspiring sermon.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed gratitude by presenting commemorative gifts to Ven. Prakru Udom Dammanukul Vibanpaw Thera, ascetic Luangphor Rishi Keth Kaw of Thailand and Professor Nuwan Kavinda Wijesinghe for their invaluable contributions to Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Thailand. In acknowledgment of his role, a special souvenir was also presented to the President.
The event was graced by the esteemed presence of the Maha Sangha from both Sri Lanka and Thailand, including Ven. Dr. Maitipe Wimalasara Thera, Chief Incumbent of the Parama Dhamma Chethiya Privena, Ratmalana; Ven. Amandoluwe Dhammarathana Thera, Chief Incumbent of Bodhirathnaramaya, Katunayake; Ven. Uduwela Kolitha Thera of Walukaramaya, Colpetty; Minister of Buddha Sasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Vidura Wickramanayaka; Senior Advisor to the President on National Security and Chief of Presidential Staff Sagala Ratnayaka; Member of Parliament Vajira Abeywardana; former Minister Ravi Karunanayake; former Member of Parliament Dickson J. Perera and members of the donation council of the temple.
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