Religious observances during Nonagathaya

Religious observances during Nonagathaya

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Buddhist and Hindu devotees engaged in religious observances throughout the island during the Punya Kalaya period giving pride of place to traditions of the National New Year. Also the tradition of boiling of milk took place at the historic Sri Dalada Maligawa according to the traditional customs with the dawn of the New Year.

A large number of Buddhist devotees descended upon the Sri Dalada Maligawa and engaged in religious observances seeking blessings for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. They also joined in the custom of boiling milk which is being carried out traditionally with the dawn of the New Year. A large gathering including members of the Maha Sangha and the Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilange Dela participate.

It was also witnessed as to how devotees in large numbers converged to pay obeisance to the historic Jaya Sri Mahabodhi during the Punya Kalaya.

Special religious observances were organized at the Raja Maha Vihare in Kelaniya. There was a large of number of devotees that took part in these religious ceremonies. These programmes were organized under the guidance of the Ven. Prof. Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangarakkitha Thera.

Noteworthy was the presence of devotees in large numbers to pay obeisance to the Kalutara Bodhiya. They engaged in many religious observances including Pinkamas seeking blessings for the New Year.

The Bellanwila Raja Maha Vihare also attracted a large number of devotees. They engaged in mreligious observances giving pride of place to Prathipatthi Poojas.

Meanwhile, The Tamil community visited Hindu Kovils giving pride of place to New Year customs and traditions. It was witnessed as to how the Hindu Kovils in the North were full of devotees. A special Blessings Pooja was conducted at the Kurumankaadu Kaliamman Kovil in Vavuniya.

Even a large number of devotees was present at the religious observances held at the Sri Vinayagar Kovil in Kandy. Tamil as well as the Sinhala community participated in these religious observances and received blessings.