The religious ceremony to open the newly built Dharmashala Mandiraya of Sri Maha Bodhi Maha Viharaya in Dehiwala was held today (June 26) with participation of President Maithripala Sirisena.
The President who engaged in religious activities, declared open the new building by unveiling the plaque. He performed the first offering of flowers to the Buddha statue in the shrine room of the Dharma Shala Mandiraya.
Maha Nayaka of Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Nikaya, Aggamaha Panditha Most Ven. Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thero and the Chancellor of University of Sri Jayawardenapura Prof. Bellanwila Vimalarathana Thero made special Dhamma sermons at this occasion.
Chief Incumbent of the temple retried Dhammacharya Ven. Mihiripenne Sobhitha Thero presented a souvenir to the President. The President also offered a souvenir to Sobhitha Thero.
Shasthrapathi Ven. Egodamulle Amaramoli Maha Nayaka Thero, Shasthrapathi Panditha Ven. Maussagolle Lankananda Nayaka Thero and Maha Sangha, Auxiliary Bishop Emmanuel Fernando and other religious leaders, Ministers Wijayadasa Rajapaksha, Patali Champika Ranawaka and the Member of Parliament S. M. Marikkar were among those participated in this event.