President Maithripala Sirisena presided over the ‘Aluth Sahal Mangalya’, offering the maiden rice gathered fresh from the field to the sacred Sri Maha Bodhiya, this morning in Anuradhapura.

Also known as Agra Sashya Sahala Mangalya, the almost ritualistic function has been an important function from the days of hydraulic civilisation in Sri Lanka. The objectives of the functions are to invoke blessings on the deities who protected the paddy cultivation and praying for rain in the next season.


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