Sri Pada pilgrim season 2020/2021 commenced in the early hours of last morning with the dawn of Unduwap Fullmoon Poya.
Chief Incumbent of the Sri Padastana and Chancellor of the Uva Wellassa University Ven. Bengamuwe Dhammadinna Thera said the caskets of sacred relics, the statues of Sumana Saman Deviyo and the regalia were taken in four processions from Galpottawala Sri Pada Rajamaha Vihara in Pelmadulla to Sri Padastana after performing traditional rituals in keeping with the health guidelines.
Governor Sabaragamuwa Province Tikiri Kobbekaduwa, Ratnapura District Secretary Malani Lokupothagama and other senior officials including Divisional Secretaries, police officials and the health sector officials were present at the ceremony. The processions broke journey at the Maha Saman Devala in Ratnapura and proceeded after performing rituals. (AJITHLAL SHANTHA UDAYA)