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Historical Katina Pooja Pinkama and Perahera of Sri Naga Viharaya Ends Successfully

[2018-10-29 16:01:15]

The historical perahera of Sri Naga Vihara International Buddhist Centre in Jaffna paraded the streets amidst a large number of spectators on 27th October 2018. The procession consisting of various religious and cultural events which are specific to the North as well as the South, commenced at the Fort in Jaffna and paraded along the Kankesanturai Road, Hospital Road, Vembady Junction and Palali Road before it reached the temple.

School children of Jaffna and Kandy, dancing academies of Jaffna, members of Sri Lanka Army and Sri Lanka Air Force presented various dancing performances in the procession.

Many Religious Dignitaries of all religions in Jaffna, Consulate General of India Mr. S. Balachandran, Honarable High Court Judge of Jaffna. Mr. A Premasankar, Honarable Mayor of Jaffna, Mr. Emmanuel Arnold, District Secretary - Jaffna Mr. Nagalingam Vethanayaham, senior government and private sector officials were present at the event to witness the spectacular procession.

The event is organized annually by the Army in collaboration with the Air Force and Police upon instructions and patronage of Commander Security Force - Jaffna Major General Dharshana Hettiarrachchi. Mr. Terrence Senanayake from the United Kingdom provided the much needed financial support for this year's Katina Pinkama along with the support of other donors.

Following the perahera, the annual 'Katina Pooja' of the Naga Viharaya was held on 28th October 2018 with the guidance of Viharadhikari Shasthrapathi Ven. Meegahajandure Siriwimala Thero. The dhamma sermon and religious activities were followed by the 'Katina Cheevara Pooja' (ritual offering of new robes) which were brought from the Headquarters 512 Brigade and offered to the Maha Sanga. The alms-giving and offering of Atapirikara to Bhikkus marked the culmination of the Pinkama.

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