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‘Vishwa Parami Trust paid for crest gem atop pinnacle’

Chief Incumbent of the Swarnamali Maha Seya, Venerable Pallegama Hemarathana Thera in a statement affirmed that the new Chuda Manikkya (pinnacle) of the Swarnamali Maha Seya was specifically designed, crafted and placed atop the gold-plated Koth Wahanse (Pinnacle) through the guidance and financial support of the Vishwa Parami Trust.

He said that Prabath Nanayakkara, who is the fourth generation grandson of the great philanthropist Ransirinel Kumarasinghe of Averiwatta is the one who initiated the major restoration of Maha Seya in the late 18th century.

Following is the statement:

“The Chuda Manikkya being such a unique and reverential object was especially made using crystal, a most expensive and rare mineral and the difficult and exacting task of crafting it to the highest perfection was entrusted to the world’s premier specialist organisation in this sector, Swarovski of Austria, who in turn did so using the most modern and sophisticated tools and technology and utilising the best master craftsmen in the trade,” he said. “I reiterate and confirm once again that the Chuda Manikkya (pinnacle) placed on the Swarnamali Maha Seya on November 25, among the incantations of rejoicing of many lakhs of devotees, is this very same Chuda Manikkya described above, which was donated to the Buddha Sasana with great veneration and purity of purpose by the said Vishwa Parami Trust entirely using its own financial resources and utmost devotion.”

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