Sirasa Vesak Zone declared open; devotees gather to pay homage to sacred relics

Sirasa Vesak Zone declared open; devotees gather to pay homage to sacred relics

Written by Staff Writer

14 May, 2014 | 8:45 pm

The Sirasa Vesak Zone was declared open this evening under the auspices of the Maha Sangha, led by the Chief Prelate of the Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Sangha Council, the Most Venerable Davuldena Gnanissara Thera.

A large gathering including senior executives of John Keells Holdings PLC and Capital Maharaja Organisation Limited participated at the ceremonial opening of the Sirasa Vesak Zone.

The opening of the Sirasa Vesak Zone was marked by religious observances. Floral tributes were paid by air at the opening ceremony of the Sirasa Vesak Zone today employing a special helicopter of the Sri Lanka Air Force.

The Sirasa Vesak Zone was then declared open to devotees.

The Sacred relics of Lord Buddha and twelve of his disciples and the sacred relics of Saripuththa and Moggallana were brought to the Sirasa Vesak zone in ceremony on Wednesday in two special processions.

The sacred relics of Lord Buddha and twelve of his disciples which journeyed from the Yatihalagala Raja Maha Viharaya in Kandy were brought to the Sirasa Vesak Zone in procession on Wednesday from the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya.

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The procession made it’s way from Kelaniya to the Colombo-Kandy Road via the Pattiya junction from where it journeyed to the Sirasa Vesak Zone at Baybrooke Place Colombo 02, via Peliyagoda, Punchi Borella and Hospital Square.

The relics were placed in the special enclosure at the Sirasa Cesak Zone by the Chief incumbent of the Yatihalagala Raja Maha Viharaya, Venerable Wathurakumbure Dhammarathana Thera.

The sacred hair and bone relics of Lord Buddha and the relics of twelve Maharahath Theros have been brought to the Sirasa Vesak Zone. Among them are also the relics of Seevali and Revatha Maharahath Theros.

Devotees will be able to pay homage to the sacred relics over the next three days at the Sirasa Vesak Zone.

The sacred Agrashawaka relics of Saripuththa and Moggallana Maharahath Theros, two of the closest disciples of the Lord Buddha, were also brought to the Sirasa vesak Zone this evening.

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The sacred relics journeyed in procession from the Headquarters of the Sri Lanka Mahabodhi Society, the Agradhawaka Mahabodhi Maha Viharaya in Maligakanda, Maradana.

Dignitaries from Japan also participated in the procession.

The sacred relics commenced their journey from the Agrashawaka Maha Viharaya and made their way to the Sirasa Vesak Zone at Braybrooke Place, Col;ombo 02, via Norris Canal Road, Sir Arnold Ratnayake Mawatha, T.B. Jayah Mawatha and the Ibbanwela junction.

The sacred relics were placed in the special enclosure at the Sirasa Vesak Zone, by the President of the Sri Lanka Mahabodhi society, Venerable Banagala Upatissa Thera.

Devotees visiting the Sirasa Vesak Zone will be able to pay homage to the sacred Agrashawaka relics of Saripuththa and Moggallana over the next three days.

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Devotees flocked in numbers to the Sirasa Vesak Zone on Wednesday evening to pay homage to the sacred relics of the Lord Buddha and 12 disciples and the Agrashawaka relics of Saripuththa and Moggallana.

The sacred relics of Saripuththa and Moggalla which journeyed from the Agrashawaka Maha Bodhi Maha Viharaya in Maligakanda Maradana have been placed in a special enclosure at the Sirasa Vesak zone.

The sacred relics of Lord Buddha and twelve of his disciples, which journeyed in procession over three days from the Yatihalagala Raja Maha Viharaya in Kandy, have been placed in another special enclosure within the premises of the Sirasa Vesak Zone.

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