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President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the relevant sections to conduct the cremation of the Chief Prelate of the Asgiri chapter of the Siam sect the Most Ven. Galagama Sri Aththadassi Thero with full state honours and full state patronage.

The President also instructed the Secretary to the President to take necessary action to provide required facilities to Maha Sanga and the devotees who will be participating in the funeral ceremony.

“I am deeply saddened on learning of the demise of Most Ven. Galagama Sri Aththadassi Mahanayake Thero,” the President said. The great service rendered by the Mahanayake Thero to the society, country and for the Sasanaya has been highly appreciated by the Sri Lankans as well as Buddhist Community in the world, the President emphasized.

The Government has declared Sunday , March 13 as a day of national mourning as a mark of respect for the Most Venerable Galagama Sri Aththadassi Mahanayake Thero.

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