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Government will foster Buddha sasana - President

President Maithripala Sirisena offering Ata Pirikara to Viharadhipathi of the temple Ven Mandawala Dhammarama Thera. Mahanayake of Kotte Sri Kalyani Sri Dhamma Maha Sangha Sabaha Most Ven Ittepane Dhammalankara Thera was also present. Picture by Sudath Silva

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said the government was taking all necessary steps to improve the Sasana as it was the Buddhist philosophy which has helped nurture discipline and culture in Sri Lankan society.

The President said the above at a foundation laying ceremony held for a three storey multipurpose building for the Keppetipola Sri Abhaya Raja Maha Viharasthanaya in Mawanella yesterday morning.

Having engaged in religious observances, the President met with the chief incumbent of the temple, Ven Mandawala Dammarama Nayaka thera. He also opened a new solar power system at the temple.

The main sermon was delivered by Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagi Dharma Sanga Sabha Mahanayake, Ven. Iththapane Dhammalankara and the administration of the pan sil was done by Polonnaruwa Solosmasthanadipathi Shyamopali Mahanayaka of the Asgiri Chapter, Anunayake Ven. Veduruwe Upali Nayaka Himi.

R.P.M. Ratnayake, a retired graduate handed over a donation of Rs 500,000 for the building to the President.

Ministers Kabir Hashim, Gamini Jayawickrema Perera, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Daya Gamage, former Minister Athauda Senevirathne and local representatives joined in on the occasion.