President Maithripala Sirisena says there was a massive Buddhist revival in the country in parallel to the “Tripitakabhiwandana Week”.
President Sirisena said that he initiated the process to declare the Tripitaka as a World Heritage with the aim of preserving it for thousands of years to come. He also said that he will take every possible step to protect the Buddhist philosophy.
The President made these remarks participating in a religious ceremony to open the newly built ‘Ven. Liyangaswagure Dewanandha Nahimi Memorial Dharamshala and Auditorium’ at the Giritale Puranagama Dharma Vijayarama Temple, today (25).
The President was warmly received by the Dhamma School students of the temple when he arrived at the venue. The President also engaged in a cordial discussion with them.
Later, unveiling the plaque the President opened the Liyangaswagure Dewanandha Nahimi Memorial Dharamshala and Auditorium.
Also, President handed over donations of houses for eight low income families in the area under the ‘Awaking Polonnaruwa District Development Program’.
The Polonnaruwa ancient Isipathana Temple, Chief Incumbent of the Thamankaduwa, East Polonnaruwa, Chief Sanganayake of Thamankaduwa, Ven. Udagama Sri Dhammananda Thera, Giritale Dharmavijayaramadhipathi, Ven. Liyangaswagure Chandrajothi Thero, Chief Incumbent of Agrabodhi Vihara, Giritale Agrabodhi Viharadhipathi Ven. Waradivala Dhammarama Thero, Polonnaruwa District Secretary Mr. Panduka Abeywardhana, Mayor Mr. Chanaka Sidath Ranasinghe, President of Hingurakgoda Pradeshiya Sabha Mr. D.R. Udawaththa and devotees in the area were also participated in this event.
Meanwhile, the new Sunday school and Library building of Girithale, Sri Agrabodhi temple was opened by President today (25th) afternoon.
The President warmly welcomed a group of Dhamma Sunday school students and he witnessed the programs that displayed the talents of the students.