57th Lake House Aloka Pooja begins at Mihintale today | Daily News

57th Lake House Aloka Pooja begins at Mihintale today

Nimal Wijesinghe, Anuradhapura Additional Group Correspondent

The Lake House Aloka Pooja Pinkama organized by the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (ANCL) for the 57th consecutive year will commence at Mihintale on a grand scale today.

The three-day Aloka Pooja Pinkama to commemorate the advent of Arahant Mahinda Thera and the establishment of the Buddha Sasana in Sri Lanka is held with the patronage of Mihintale Rajamaha Viharadhipathi Ven. Walawahengunawe Dhammarathana Thera and under the direction of ANCL (Lake House) Chairman and Managing Director Krishantha Cooray.

It is jointly sponsored by the CEB, Dialog, Ceylon Biscuits Limited, Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation, DFCC Bank and the National Savings Bank.

Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa will switch on the Aloka Pooja illuminations today at the ‘Meda Maluwa’ in the presence of other dignitaries including several other Ministers and parliamentarians. Around 35,000 light bulbs are being used to illuminate the complex of shrines in the Mihintale Sacred Zone.

The Three day programme will conclude on June 17.

President Maithripala Sirsena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe are expected expected to switch on the Mihintale Lake House Aloka Poojawa on Poson Full Moon Day.

The Anuradhapura-centred, week-long, 2019 national Poson religious festival began with the traditional Poson Pirith chanting ceremony at the Mahamevuna Uyana, ancient royal park, Anuradhapura, last Thursday.

Anuradhapura District Secretary R.M. wanninayake told the Daily News that, in view of the peaceful situation now prevailing in the country and public security being ensured by the armed forces and police, the Poson season is likely to see around one million devotees converging on Anuradhapura, Mihinthale and Thantirimale.

He assured the public that adequate drinking water, electricity, sanitation, and public transport facilities were being made available in the sacred areas with security provided by over 8000 police, Tri-Forces and Civil Security personnel.

Viharadhipathi of Mihintale Rajamaha Viharaya Ven.cWalawahenguwe Dhammarathana Nayake Thera told the Daily News that a few days back, Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa had visited the Mihintale complex and assessed the shortcomings concerning the maintenance of the shrines of Mihintale and pledged to fulfill all requirements, such as, the completion of a new Buddhist shrine, colour washing of dagabas, and the rehabilitation of the stairs leading up to the Mihinthale Maha Seya by the State Engineering Corporation.

The prelate said that the Prime Minister has intervened to grant Rs. 3 million for the holding of the traditional Mihindu Poson Perahera which would be held confined to daytime only due to security reasons. He said further that on the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Sri Lanka Army had fully renovated the dilapidated Bulankulama tank at the foot of the Mihintale mountain to provide water to the devotees.



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