President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today said the Sacred Tooth Relic protected the Motherland and the people right throughout.
The President made these remarks at the ceremony to announce the successful completion of the Dalada Perahera in Kandy today, the President's Media Division said.
"We pay homage to the most Sacred Tooth Relic the same way we venerate the Buddha,' said the President adding that we are obliged to pay our veneration to the most sacred Tooth Relic in accordance with our ancient customs.
In keeping with the traditional customs Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Dala Bandara presented the Sannasa (scroll) of the successful conclusion of Kandy Esala Perahara to the President.
President planted a Na sampling at the premises of the President's House in Kandy to mark the occasion.
President posed for a group photo with Diyawadana Nilame, Basnayaka Nilames and officials who supported the conduct of Perahara.
Donations to Pitisara Devalas were handed over by the President.
The Governor of the Central Province Lalith U. Gamage presented a book titled “Poojaneeya Dalada Sanskruthiya” to the President.
First Lady Ayoma Rajapaksa, Secretary to the President P.B. Jayasundera, government officials and several other dignitaries were present on the occasion.