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Seven-day Poson pirith chanting in Anuradhapura after two-year lapse

The traditional water escorting procession started from Isurumuniya Temple.
The traditional water escorting procession started from Isurumuniya Temple.

After a two-year lapse, the traditional week-long Poson pirith chanting ceremony commenced yesterday at the special mandapaya between the Maha Seya and the Sri Maha Bodhi to mark the 2022 National Poson Festival.

Anuradhapura Government Agent Janaka Jaysundara performed the traditional rituals of arranging the water from the major tanks including the Tissawewa tank which was escorted in a colourful procession from Isurumuniya Raja MahaVihara to the pirith chanting venue.

The Maha Sangha headed by Ven. Mathwa Sri Sumangala Nayaka Thera performed the religious observances.

In the last two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Poson pirith chanting ceremony was not held. The Maha Sangha including Atamasthanadhipathi Ven. Pallegama Siriniwasa Nayaka Thera insisted to the authorities that the Anuradhapura Poson week-long pirith chanting ceremony will be held this year.

The pirith chanting ceremony will end on June 17 and on June 18 following the almsgiving to 100 monks of the Maha Sangha at the Bo Maluwa Temple, the Anuradhapura Poson Festival week will come to an end.

Due to the current economic situation in the country, the Anuradhapura Poson Streering Committee headed by Government Agent Jayasundara has minimised the expenditure to be incurred for additional supply of power, drinking water, sanitation and other services, giving priority to the pirith chanting ceremony, traditional drumming ceremonies at Ruwanweli Seya and Mihintale sacred city and catering to 20,000 devotees at the eight places of worship and the Samadhi Buddha statue in Mahamevna Uyana.

The Government Agent emphasized that no permission is granted for holding public entertainment programmes including carnivals and musical shows and dances during the Poson religious week in the Anuradhapura district.

As the major tanks and other water sources in the district are filled to capacity, devotees have to be careful in bathing and washing in them. Also the authorities request devotees to refrain from dumping food remnants and polythene and plastic waste in the sacred areas.

The chief incumbent of the Mihintale Raja Maha Viharaya Ven. Walawahangunawewe Dhammarathana Nayaka Thera said that an exposition of Buddha relics and that of Arahat Mahindhu is being arranged for from June 13 to 15.“The theme of the 2030 National Poson Festival and the 2330 traditional Poson pinkamas is ‘Let’s do away with myth and illusions’, which is a lesson taught by Arahat. The 2022 Poson festival season is the appropriate time for us to adhere to reality and the truth,” the prelate said. 

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