Written by Staff Writer
12 Nov, 2015 | 8:59 pm
After dedicating over six decades of his life to the betterment of Buddhism, the country and society, Chief Incumbent of the Kotte Sri Naga Viharaya Most Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera was laid to rest today, Thursday November 12.
The final rites of the Venerable Thera were performed under full state honours at the Parliament Grounds in Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte earlier this evening.
The mortal remains of the Most Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera, who passed away on Sunday, November 8, while receiving treatment at a hospital in Singapore, was placed at the Dhamma Hall of the Sri Naga Viharaya in Kotte until 12 on Thursday afternoon.
Thousands of mourners flocked to the Sri Naga Viharaya to pay their last respects to the late Most Venerable Thera.
President Maithripala Sirisena arrived to the Sri Naga Viharaya on Thursday as well to pay his last respects.
The president also inquired into the funeral arrangements.
The mortal remains of the late Most Venerable Thero were placed in a special enclosure this afternoon under the patronage of the Maha Sanga.
Crowds gathered on either side of the road to pay their respects, as the remains of Most Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera were taken to the Parliament Grounds.
The motorcade carrying the mortal remains of the Venerable Thera, arrived at the Parliament Grounds along the Battaramulla road via the Pitakotte, Bangala and Ethul Kotte Junctions.
Religious observances were conducted after the motorcade carrying the remains of the Most Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero reached the Parliament Grounds in Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte.
The religious observances were conducted by Ven. Itthepane Dhammalankara Thera, the Mahanayake of Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagri Dharma Maha Sangha Sabha.
Subsequently, statements were delivered by the Malwathu and Asgiri Chapters of the Siam Sect, the Amarapura Maha Sanga Sabha and the Sri Lanka Ramanna Sect.
Former Archbishop of Colombo Oswald Gomis, also conducted a sermon.
Religious leaders from different faiths also delivered sermons, reminiscing the commendable deeds carried out by the late Most Venerable Thera.
The message of condolence of Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, was delivered by Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe.
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