Anunayaka Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thera was appointed as the 22nd Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter of the Siyam Nikaya today.
The post of Mahanayake of the Asgiriya chapter fell vacant following the demise of the most venerable Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Maha Nayake Thera.
The election of the new Mahanayake Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter was held this evening.
Eighteen members of the Karaka Sangha Sabha of the Asgiri Viharaya voted unanimously for the appointment of the 22nd Mahanayake Thera.
Ven. Gnanarathana Thera who was also the chief Incumbent of the Badulla Muthiyangana Raja Maha Vihara and was born on March 18, 1942 to the family of R.N.A.V.M. Mudiyanse and H.A.D.R. Pinchiamma. He was ordained in 1955. (Nadeeka Daya Bandara and L.B. Senaratna)