The greatest traditional custom of the farmer community of the nation, “Aluth Sahal Mangallaya” was held in front of historical Jayasiri Maga Bodhi in Anuradhapura today (7).
The farmers presented the first reap of paddy to the sacred temple at the ceremony organized at Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi, organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Department of Govi Jana Sewa under the instructions of Atamasthanadipathi Ven. Pallegama Siriniwasa Nayaka Thero.
This traditional custom, which commenced since Sri Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi was planted in Anuradhapura, was conducted with the sounds of traditional magul bera, hewisi, and traditional culutral items. The procession entered through the Eastern Wahalkada and worshiped the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and then the gold-plated chalice kept at the special stage of Welimaluwa decorated with a Viyana at the top and Pawada at the bottom was filled with the new reap pf paddy.The first heap of paddy was filled to the chalice by Atamasthanadhipathi Ven.Pallegama Siri Niwasa Thero and the Minister of Agriculture P.Harrison.
The farmer community attending from all regions of the Island added paddy to the chalice midst chanting of pirith. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesighe and other distinguished guests too joined the Aluth Sahal Mangallaya and engaged in filling the chalice with paddy.
A number of farmers has attended to this ritual descending from ancient times and prayed for timely rains to harvest the paddy fields for the country to be prosperous with the progress in agriculture.
The bee honey, which is traditionally offered to the Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi, was presented to the President by the Vedda Chief, Wannilaththo.
Covering all the nine provinces of the Island the local paddy categories related to those provinces were presented to the farmers by the President.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesighe, Minister P.Harrison, Governor of North Central Province Sarath Ekanayake, Members of Parliament, Duminda Dissanyake, Weerakumara Dissanayake and the Commissioner General of Govijana Development and other officers were present in this event.
Meanwhile the milk-rice offering of Aluth Sahal Mangallaya was held under the patronage of the President today (7) at the premises of historical Ruwanweli Mahaseya in Anuradhapura.
The rice made out of the fresh paddy reaped from the Mahaweli “H ” belonging to Anuradhapura district from the areas of Thabuththegama, Galnewa, Nochchiyagama, Meegalewa, Maheilikpallama was offered for the Ruwanweli Mahaseya.
The President engaged with the farmers for the event offered rice for the Ruwanweli Mahaseya and participated in religious rituals.
The Chief Incumbent of Ruwanweli Mahaseya, Ven. Pallegama Henarathana Thero delivered a special sermon at the event.