Defence Secretary to open relics observation dais at Buddhangala
A special relics observation dais constructed by the Sri Lanka Navy
at the historic Buddhangala Raja Maha Viharaya will be ceremonially
declared open by the Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary
Gotabhaya Rajapaksa today.
The sturdy relics observation dais with a safety railing has been
constructed with financial and labour contributions rendered by the Sri
Lanka Navy Buddhist Association under the direction of the Defence
Secretary and the Navy Commander Vice Admiral Somathilake Dissanayake.
It allows devotees to pay homage to the relics enshrined in the
historic chaitiya conveniently.
The special dais replaces the improvised structure, which was used
earlier for the annual public worship of the much-revered relics.
Thousands of Buddhists worship the Buddhangala chaitiya which has
been constructed atop a rock enshrining the sacred relics believed to be
of Lord Buddha and his chief disciples. The newly constructed relics
observation dais fulfills one of the long-felt needs of the thousands of
Buddhangala is one of the projects carried out by the Sri Lanka Navy
to uplift infrastructure facilities at religious places for the benefit
Naval personnel have throughout, provided voluntary contributions for
the meritorious acts showing their religious devotion in order to build
religious harmony among all communities of diverse religious faiths