15th May 2018 20:39:51 Hours
India's Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, currently in Sri Lanka on a goodwill tour received the spiritual blessings of the most sacred Tooth Relic at Kandy Sri Dalada Maligawa this afternoon (15), a holy place reported to have been very close to the heart of the visiting Army Chief.
On behalf of the Commander of the Army, Major General Rukmal Dias, Commander, Security Forces – Central (SF-Cen) as the one in charge of Kandy area was on hand at the Kandy Dalada Maligawa premises to receive the Indian Chief of Army Staff and his delegation who arrived there exclusively to pay homage to the sacred Tooth Relic.
Major General Rukmal Dias, together with Mrs Thanuja Dias and Brigadier Tissa Nanayakkara, General Officer Commanding, 11 Division and Major General Anura Sudasinghe, Liason Officer welcomed the Army Chief, his spouse and the delegation before they were received by the Chief Secretary of the sacred place.
The visiting military leader with a tray of Jasmin flowers made offerings to the Temple, together with his spouse, Mrs Madhulika Rawat and the delegates had a close look inside the Maligawa chambers of historic importance and showed interest, inquiring into the conduct of the annual Esala procession.
Mrs Thanuja Dias welcomed the spouse on arrival and accompanied her to the observances inside the temple.