The Chief Prelate of the Asgiriya chapter is seen addressing a press conference. Pix by Kushan Pathiraja
A pilgrimage to the Mahiyangana RajamahaViharaya along with the exposition of the Buddha’s hair relics will take place from January 7 to 8 in view of the 2600th anniversary of the Buddha’s first visit to Mahiyangana, Most Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thera said.
The Asgiriya Chief Prelate said this historic event would be commemorated during a large pilgrimage that would include thousands of participants who would make their way to the Mahiyangana Rajamaha Viharaya where there would be a series of rituals including the observation of Sil by 100,000 devotees, the offering of Pindapatha for 100 monks, the offering of Buddha statues to the Viharaya, 2600 Atapirikara to the monks at the Viharaya, 100 fruit baskets and the offering of millions of lotus, jasmine and other flowers. (Olindhi Jayasundere)