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State Poson Festival in Anuradhapura and Mihinthale

Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura
Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura

The three-day state sponsored National Poson festival was inaugurated on 4th June by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa parallel to the switching on the Lake House ‘Mihintale Poson Aloka Pooja’. Although around 1.5 Million or more devotees used to visit Anuradhapura and Mihintale during Poson not more than 2000-3000 pilgrims were seen observing Sil during 2020 Poson at Mihinthale adhering to all precautionary healthcare regulations.

Devotees observe sil at Ruwanweliseya

At the inauguration of Mihinthale Poson illumination program Prime Minister participated as the chief guest with North Central Governor Maheepala Herath, Ministers S.M. Chandrasena, and Dr Bandula Gunawardena. Mihinthale Raja Maha Viharadhipathi Ven. Walawahengunawewa Dhammarathana Nayaka Thera and Maha Sangha performed the traditional religious observances and rituals. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa switched on the Poson Poya day ‘Mihintale Aloka Pooja’ yesterday.

All liquor shops and meet stalls are kept closed in Anuradhapura district from 2nd to 8th June and no Dansalas are allowed during the Poson festive season. In Anuradhapura about 300 devotees who have been permitted observed Atasil at Ruwanweliseya premises where Maha Sangha headed by Ruwanweli Chethiyaramadhipathi Ven. Pallegama Hemarathana Nayake Thera conducted the special Poson religious observances. In the meantime, the eight places of worship (Atamasthana) were seen isolated except for a few devotees engaged in Poson religious activities.

Parallel to the State Poson Festival, a tree planting campaign was also held to mark the World Environment Day at the Mahamewna Uyana, Anuradhapura under the patronage of Atamasthanadhipthi Most Ven. Pallegama Sirinivasa Nayake Thera. The programme was sponsored by the People’s Bank, People’s Leasing Limited, Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) and several other organisations in the area. The aim of the programme is to provide cover for the historic Sri Maha Bodhi in the event of a cyclone or storm and to provide shade to the devotees who throng to the sacred area. Present on this occasion were People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapaksa, People’s Bank Regional Manager Chandrika Nissanka, GSMB Chairman Anura Walpola, GSMB DG Sajjana de Silva and several other officials.

Text by Anuradhapura Correspondent Nimal Wijesinghe and pictures by Hidogama Group Correspondent Chitraratna Kaluarachchi

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