Funeral of the Anunayaka of Ramanna Maha Nikaya Venerable Girambe Ananda Thera was held this afternoon at Walisinghe Harischandra Grounds in Anuradhapura. A large number of people paid their last respects today as well to Late Venerable Girambe Ananda Thera. President Maithripala Sirisena paid his last respects to the Late Thera at Anuradhapura Sri Sarananda Pirivena. He expressed his condolences to the Maha Sangha who were present there. Several Parliamentarians were also present at the funeral ceremony. The remains of Late Venerable Girambe Ananda Thera were taken to Walisinha Harischandra Grounds by a special motorcade. The Maha Sangha of three Nikayas, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and many public representatives were present at the funeral ceremony. The Mahanayaka of Ramanna Nikaya Most Venerable Napana Premasiri conducted the religious rituals. Northcentral Province Sangha Nayaka of Ramanna Nikaya Venerable Pothane Dhammananda Thera delivered a speech on Late Venerable Girambe Ananda Thera. The Maha Sangha of the Three Nikayas also expressed their views at the funeral ceremony. Minister P. Harrison read out the condolence message of President Maithripala Sirisena. Addressing the funeral ceremony Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasighe recalled the services rendered by the late Anunayaka Thera. Chairman of the Security Council of Ramanna Maha Nikaya Speaker Karu Jayasuriya expressed his views on the occasion. Floral tributes were paid from the air before the body of Late Anunayaka Thera was placed on the funeral pyre. Later the funeral pyre was lit amidst the sorrow of thousands of people who were present at the funeral ceremony.