The final rites of Venerable Professor Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thera will be take place at the Sri Jayewardenepura University grounds this evening with full State honours.
The Thera's mortal remains have been placed at the Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya where he served from Saturday (3) for devotees and the public to pay their last respects.
President Maithripala Sirisena paid his final respects to the late Thera on Monday (5) while Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, former Presidents Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Mahinda Rajapaksa and many parliamentarians also arrived at the temple to pay their respects.
Venerable Wimalarathana Thera, who passed away at the age of 77 on Sunday (3) while receiving treatment at a private hospital in Colombo, was renowned for his compassion and dedication to social justice. (Muditha Dayananda and H. M. Dharmapala)