05th October 2016 20:45:57 Hours
The sacred ‘Abishekam’ Pooja, a religious ritual in Hinduism, held at Sri Ponnambalam Vaneshwarar Kovil, Colombo 13 on Wednesday (5) afternoon invoked blessings on the forthcoming 67th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Army and the Army Day (Oct 10).
The 'Abishekam ' Pooja ceremony, organized by Sri Lanka Army Hindu Association, symbolically blessed the Army Flag after taking it into the inner chamber of the Kovil, amidst religious rites and rituals.
Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva, Commander of the Army as the Chief Guest in the religious ceremony handed over the Army flag to the clergy for blessings as the ceremony was on.
The chief priest (Kurukkal) in accordance with Hindu traditions bestowed blessings on the Army and prayed for its well-being and longevity. A ten-member team of Hindu priests performed the Pooja.
In symbolic recognition of the temple's long service to the Hindu community and its continuous support to the Army, the Chief Guest on behalf of the entire organization, made a monetary donation towards the development of the Kovil.
This special ceremony of Hindu religious rites and rituals was coordinated by the Army Hindu Association, in consultation with the Chief Priest, Kurukkal Jayasankar at this ancient temple. Mrs Nayana De Silva, President, Army Seva Vanitha Unit, Major General Channa Goonetilleke, Commandant, Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force, several senior officers and Major General R. Rathnasingham, Chairman, Army Hindu Association joined the prayer sessions.
The multi religious ceremonies that precede the Army Day and the commemoration of the 67th Anniversary began on Wednesday (28) at the sacred Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy with offer of Gilanpasa and alms to members of the Maha Sangha. Seth Pirith chanting and the invocation of blessings symbolically on all the Army flags during ceremonies at Kandy and Anuradhapura preceded.