President Maithripala Sirisena joined in viewing the Perahera of the Ruhuna Kataragama Maha Devala. Also during a visit to Batticaloa, the President visited the prison cell of the Batticaloa Prisons in which he was imprisoned in the past.
On arrival at the Kataragama Sacred Premises, President Maithripala Sirisena first paid obeisance at the Kirivehera Raja Maha Vihare. The Maha Sangha chanted Seth PIrith and invoked blessings on the President.
Thereafter the President called on the Chief Incumbent of the Kirivehera Vihare the Ven. Kobawaka Dhamminda Thera. The President then arrived at the Kataragama Devala and engaged in religious observances. Yesterday was the fifth day of the Kataragama Perahera and it commenced under the patron age of President Maithripala Sirisena. Basnayake Nilame of the Ruhuna Kataragama Maha Devale D.P. Kumarasiri also joined in the occasion. Many Parliamentarians joined in viewing the Kataragama Perahera.