Written by Staff Writer
16 Sep, 2014 | 9:31 pm
The Dhampal Riyaseriya convoy, organised to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Anagarika Dharmapala, arrived in Colombo today.
The Dhampal Riyaseriya convoy, a joint initiative of News1st and the Sri Lanka Maha Bodhi Society, reached Colombo on Tuesday following an eight-day tour across the country.
The Dhampal Riyaseriya exposition was held at the Sri Wijayarama Purana Viharaya in Amblangoda on Tuesday morning.
Venerable Ambulugala Sumangala Thera of the Maligakanda Mahabodhi Viharaya, conducted a sermon on Anagarika Dharmapala, to inform the crowd that had gathered.
The Principal of P.D.S. Kularatne College, Ambalangoda, was also present at the occasion.
Eesidents including school children, were able to witness in real life, the “Sobana Maligawa” vehicle used by Anagarika Dharmapala to spread his message, his passport and letters and books written in his own hand.
School students who came to witness the Dhampal Riyaseriya convoy, also shared their thoughts with News 1st.
The Dhampal Riyaseriya convoy arrived at the Maligakanda Mahabodhi Viharaya in Colombo in the evening.
A special event will be held at the Mahabodhi Agrashawaka Viharaya in Maligakanda at 2 p.m. on Wednesday to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Anagarika Dharmapala.
A delegation from Japan including senior Japanese parliamentarian Antonio Inoki will participate at this occasion.
The delegation also visited the News1st Centre in Colombo today. Incidentally, Antonio Inoki is also a champion wrestler.
The delegation from Japan expressed their views on the initiative.
“I came to Sri Lanka on the invitation of the Maha Bodhi Society to participate in the 150th birth anniversary commemoration of Anagarika Dharmapala. This visit will help enhance ties between Japan and Sri Lanka. I came to Sri Lanka with the message of peace. I believe that the message of peace can be brought to Sri Lanka through Venerable Banagala Upatissa Thera.”
Member of House of Councillors ( Japan ) , Takayuki Shimizu ;
“I have heard a lot about Sri Lanka. I decided to come to Sri Lanka to witness its beauty. To look at the coast. I have also heard that the people of Sri Lanka are very kind. As an MP, today, I have received the opportunity to witness it and experience it with my own eyes.”
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