Devotees continue to gather to pay homage to Sacred Relics at the Sirasa Vesak Zone

Devotees continue to gather to pay homage to Sacred Relics at the Sirasa Vesak Zone

Devotees continue to gather to pay homage to Sacred Relics at the Sirasa Vesak Zone

Written by Staff Writer

05 May, 2015 | 8:06 pm

Devotees were granted the opportunity from 1 p.m. on Tuesday, to pay homage to the sacred relics at the Sirasa Vesak Zone.

The Sirasa Vesak Zone is organized by the Capital Maharaja Organisation together with John Keells Holdings PLC.

A large number of devotees were seen at the Sirasa Vesak Zone on Monday night as well, to pay homage to the Sacred Hair Relic of Lord Buddha and the relics of 14 Arahants which are placed in the special enclosure at the Sirasa Vesak Zone.

Devotees were seen standing in long queues on Tuesday to pay homage to the Sacred relics displayed at the environs of The Capital Maharaja Organisation Head Office on Braybrooke Street on the final day of the Sirasa Vesak Zone.

Devotees were given the opportunity to pay homage to the sacred relics since 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

The Sacred Relics and the relics of 14 Arahants including Seevali, Ananda and Angulimala which were brought in procession from Yatihalagala Rajamaha Viharaya were displayed in a special enclosure subsequent to religious observances at 1 p.m.

A special religious ceremony took place for the Sacred Relics on Tuesday. The sacred relics of Arahants Sariputta and Moggallana, two of the Lord Buddha’s closest disciples, were brought to the Sirasa Vesak zone from the Agrashawaka Maha Viharaya in Maligakanda.

The worship of the relics commenced following religious observances this afternoon.

Chairman of Sri Lanka Maha Bodhi Society Ven. Banagala Upatissa Thera said:

”We are seeing a renaissance in Buddhism here. The new Buddhists in India, have requested that we have a similar event to mark Vesak in Maharashtra, which is the province with the largest Buddhist population in India. So, this message has spread across the world and I can say that we are hopeful that we will be able to hold this event in other countries by next year.”

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