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.