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President honours Kandyan Region Deputy Chief Sanganayake

A religious ceremony was held with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Wariyagala Sri Tissarama Viharaya, Galaha, Kandy on Thursday, to present the Scroll to the Chief Incumbent of Wariyagala Sri Tissarama Viharaya, the Vice President of Doluwa Sasanarakshaka Bala Mandalaya, All-Island Justice of Peace, Most Ven. Helboḍagama Sugathadhirabhidana Nayaka Thera, for being elevated to the position of Kandyan Region Deputy Chief Sanghanayaka with the Honorary title Wimalakeerthi Sri Dhammarathana.

The President, who visited the temple, first engaged in religious observances and obtained blessings.

Later, the President joined the ceremony. During the ceremony, former Prime Minister D.M Jayaratne presented the Sannaspathra (Scroll) to the new Maha Nayaka Thera and the Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake presented the Vijinipatha (the traditional fan) to the Nayaka Thera.

The President offered Ata Pirikara to the new Chief Sanghanayaka Thera.

Most Ven. Helboḍagama Sugathadhirabhidana Nayaka Thera presented a memento to the President.

The Maha Sangha including Most Venerable Vedaruwe Upali Thera,Most Ven. Embilmeegama Pannakiththi Thera, Minister S.B. Dissanayake, Central Province Governor Niluka Ekanayake, Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake, ministers and MPs participated.