President Maithripala Sirisena said that he as the leader will contribute in making Sri Lanka the centre for propagation of Theravada Buddha Dhamma to the world not only today but tommorrow as well.
President Sirisena made these remarks attending openinng of the inugural Saddharamaraja Buddhagaya Mahastupa at Peradeniya , Eriyagama Sri Subhodarama Vihara held today (2).
President, addressing the religious ceromony added that it was due to Sri Lanka serving as the centre of the Theravada buddhism that we are able to talk about the history and culutral heritage of our country with much pride.Securing that great heritage it is our responsibility to propagate Theravada dhamma to the whole world, said the President.
The President also agreed to considered in providing residence facilities to the Bikkus students of Myanmar according to a request made the Mahasanga. He said that he would discuss this matter at diplomatic level with the Myanmar goverment in the future and enter into a well planned program.
President Sirisena who visited the chief incumbent of Viharaya, Pandithacharya Ven.Waththegama Dhammawasa of Sri Subhodaramaya of Peradeniya Eriyagama presented the pirikara and enagaged in a friendly conversation with the thero.
The commemoration plaque of the Saddharamaraja Buddhagaya Stuparaja was unveiled by the President, who made the first offering of flowers to the statue of Buddha.
It is a significant that this buddha statue of Saddharamaraja Buddha Gaya is constructed according to the same measurements of the Buddha statue of Bodhi Gaya in India.
Most Venerable Ven.Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thero of Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Nikaya chaired the event and the message of unveiling of the Saddharamaraja Buddhagaya Stupa was presented to the thero by the President.
The special periodical published on this event was also presented to the President.
President also presented souveniers for the architects who contrubuted in cobstruction work.
The chief incumbent of vihara presented a special token of appreciation to the President
The Mahasangha, governor of central province president councillor Attorney at law Maithree Gunerathne, governor of north central province Sarath Ekanayake, State minister Lucky Jayawardena and other public representatives and devotees were present at this religious event.