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“Ven. Atambagaskada Thero Gave Protection to War-Affected Children during War” – Jaffna Commander

[2012-04-23 17:55:35]

Buddhist, Hindu, Catholic and Islam religious leaders, military and Police personnel, Civil Administrative Officials and members of Tamil Buddhist Association of Jaffna gathered at the Dharmashala of Jaffna Sri Naga Vihara to felicitate Ven. Atambagaskada Kalyanathissa Thero who was conferred with honorary title of “Saddharma Keerthi Sri Sumana Siddhartha” and appointed as the Upa Pradhana Sangha Nayaka (Deputy Chief Incumbent of Northern Province) recently.

The felicitation ceremony was organized by the Headquarters Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) on directives of Commander SF-J Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe on Monday (23).

On arrival in Sri Naga Vihara, Ven. Saddharma Keerthi Sri Sumana Siddhartha Kalyanathissa Thero was received by the Commander SF-J. The main ceremony commenced after observing Pan Sil by the gathering followed by the welcome speech of Ven. Meegahajandure Siri Vimala Thero of Sri Naga Vihara.

Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe addressing the gathering recollected his memories with Ven. Kalyanathissa Thero who walked to soldiers in bunkers to bless and encourage them during the peak of war even risking his life. He further explained how the Ven. Kalyanathissa Thero protected the war affected children keeping them in the temple irrespective their ethnicity or religion like a father.

Dematamaluwe Sumangala Thero of Kandy Malvaththe Maha Vihara, President of Tamil Buddhist Association Mr. Ravi Kumar and Government Agent Jaffna Mrs. Emelda Sukumar also delivered speeches appreciating his service to the society as a religious leader.

SF-J Commander, GA Jaffna, Mayoress Jaffna Mrs. Y. Pathgunarasa and many others present on the occasion offered Pirikara to Ven. Kalyanathissa Thero.

Nallai Adeenan Rev. Srilasri Somasundara Deshika Paramacharya Swamihal, Vicar General Jaffna Rev. Fr. Justin B. Gnanprasam Muslim Maulavis and senior military officers were also present.

The programme culminated with an alms giving to Bhikkus.

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