President Maithripala Sirisena says that the government will work towards providing every facility to develop the religious education which is a timely need.
The President said that the religious education is essential to be successful in life as a person. He said this at a religious event held in Tissamaharma ancient Uddakandara Raja Maha Viharaya today (30).
This religious event was held to offer the Saddharma Keerthi Sri Revatha and deputy chief sanghanayaka title of Ruhunu Magampattuwa of Shyampali wansa maha nikaya Malwathu Chapter to the Chief Incumbent of Uddakandara Raja Maha Viharaya Ven. Denagama Dhammadassi Thera.
The President who went to the temple today obtained blessings after engaging in religious observances.
The President opened the golden pillar and the golden fence of the temple.
The commemoration plaque of the building of the new Dhamma school was unveiled by the president.
The President, addressing the audience further mentioned that through the Buddhist Renaissance Fund started by the government for the development of temples and shrines, a broad program is conducted towards developing temples with insufficient fcacilities.
President said that the highest sponsorship will be provided by the government to strengthen the Buddhasasana, including developing temples, providing facilities for maintenance of the dignity of Buddhist monks, propagation of dhamma, and religious programs.
President appreciated the services rendered by Ven. Denagama Dhammadassi Thera for the sasana as well as for the nation by using his who expert knowledge in the disciplinary code and religious code. Chief Incumbent of ancient Uddakandara Raja Maha Vihara, Registrar of Thissmaharama Shasanarakshaka Bala Mandalaya, justice of Peace Ven. Denagama Dhammadassi Thera entered the sasana on 8th of November 1987. Since then he was offering a unique service towards the progress of the temple and has obtained a lot of experience on religious diplomacy travelling in countries like Japan, India, Thailand and Malaysia.
The Vijinipatha was presented to the Deputy Chief Sanghanayaka by the President.
The Land deed of ancient Uddakandara Raja Maha Vihara was presented to Ven. Denagama Dhammadassi Thera by the President.
Ven. Denagama Dhammadassi Thera also presented a souvenir to the President.
Ven. Niyangoda Vijithasiri Anunayaka Maha Thero of Maha Viharavanshika Shyampali Nikaya Malwatta Chapter presided over the function. Chief incumbent in Tissamaharama and sandagiri Rajamaha Viharya and Chief Sanga Nayaka of Hambanthota distrct including Matara Kandabadapattuwa, Most Ven. Dewalegama Dhammasena Nayaka Maha thero and Mahasangha were present in this event. Minister Sajith Premadasa and other ministers and devotees were present in this event.