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ANCL Mihinthala Aloka Pooja inaugurated

Buddhist civilisation the bedrock of nation’s strength and prosperity – PM

Viharadhipathi Ven. Walawahengunawewe Dhammarathana Thera and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa engage in religious observances
Viharadhipathi Ven. Walawahengunawewe Dhammarathana Thera and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa engage in religious observances

Sri Lanka was bestowed with a creative and intelligent nation with the arrival of Buddhism with Ven Arahat Mahinda some 2328 years ago, said Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at the inauguration of the State Poson Festival and the 58th ANCL Mihinthala Aloka Pooja last evening.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa added that Poson Full Moon Poya Day festival is an opportunity to express the Nation’s gratitude to the Ven Arahat Mahinda Thera who introduced a unique culture to Sri Lanka through the Buddha's doctrine.

The Prime Minister made this observation at the State Poson Full Moon Poya Day Festival held along with the Lake House Aloka Pooja Pinkama organized by the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (ANCL) for the 58th consecutive year at Mihinthale.

The Aloka Pooja Pinkama to commemorate the advent of Arahat Mahinda Thera and the establishment of the Buddha Sasana in Sri Lanka was held with the patronage of Mihintale Rajamaha Viharadhipathi Ven. Walawahengunawe Dhammarathana Thera and under the direction of ANCL (Lake House) Chairman President's Counsel W. Dayaratne. The event is held in collaboration with the Ceylon Electricity Board and Dialog and National Lotteries Board are co-sponsors. The Prime Minister switched the Aloka Pooja illuminations at 6.30 pm at the ‘Meda Maluwa’ in the presence of other dignitaries including several Ministers and former Parliamentarians.

The Prime Minister said that the doctrine of Buddha was preached to the then ruling king Devanampiyatissa by Ven Arahat Mahinda following an intellectual conversation which thereafter spread across the country within a short period of time. The Buddhist philosophy molded the nation which later built great stupas, massive reservoirs and other constructions.

The Poson Full Moon Poya Day is the second most important Poya Day for Sri Lankans after Vesak and is celebrated widely by Buddhists and other communities. “However I request all to celebrate the festival in line with the instructions of the Health and Defence sectors as we all did at the Vesak Festival.” He added that the COVID 19 pandemic could be controlled soon with the fullest cooperation of the public.

The Mihinthale Dagoba

The illuminated sacred precincts of Mihinthale 

Samanera monks walk in the backdrop of the Dagoba

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa arrives at Mihinthale

Ven.  Walawahengunawewe Dhammarathana Thera delivering an anusasana

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the devotees

The gathering observing Pansil


A devotee gets his temperature checked 


A section of the devotees. Pictures by Amila Prabhath and Chitraratna Kaluarachchi

 

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