10th October 2017 00:01:36 Hours
The series of religious ceremonies, being held in connection with the 68th Army Day (October 10), entered its final leg Sunday (8) evening with an all-night Pirith chanting ceremony, organized by the Army Buddhist Association at Bodhirajaramaya, Panagoda (Army temple).
Soon after a colourful procession, comprised of dancers of the Army cultural troupe conducted members of the Maha Sangha to the Dharmashalawa (preaching hall), the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake in keeping with ancient traditions, offered the tray of betel (Dehetwattiya) to members of the Maha Sangha, seated in the Pirith Mandapaya (octagon for chanting) inviting them to commence chanting until next morning, Monday (9).
Mahanayake of Kotte Sri Kalyani Dhamma Maha Sanga Sabha Dr. Iththepane Dhammalankara Nayake Thero on behalf of the members of the Maha Sangha delivered an Anusasana (oration) and invoked blessings on the organization, injured War Heroes and transferred merits on the fallen, recalling the glorious past history of the organization. He also praised the Army's diverse roles and wished good luck with its onward march as defenders of the nation.
At the invitation of the Army Buddhist Association, Mrs Chandrika Senanayake, President, Army Seva Vanitha Unit (ASVU) also attended the occasion, together with a large gathering of Senior Officers and Other Ranks. More than 1000 members of the Army representing All Rankers joined the meritorious programme.
Principal Staff Officers, Security Force Commanders, Senior Officers, Chairman and office-bearers of Sri Lanka Army Buddhist Association and a large gathering of Officers and Other Ranks, joined the ‘Pinkama’ (meritorious act) that blessed the forthcoming anniversary.
With a Heel Daana (breakfast) on Monday (9) plus a Sangeeka Daana (alms giving) to 100 members of the Maha Sangha, the series of religious ceremonies that commenced in late September to bless on the Army Anniversary and Army Day ended at Panagoda.
The series of anniversary ceremonies will come to an end with its apex, Army parade on the Army Day (Oct 10), a visit to the Mihindu Seth Medura and a Wreath-Laying ceremony at Battaramulla War Memorial followed by an All Rank dinner, the following day (11).