Crowd Gathered in Nagadeepa to Attend Poson Festival
:: 2011-06-16 11:20:40 Hours]
The island of Naga or Nagadeepa (Nainathivu) which became
sacred with the arrival of Lord Buddha glittered with Poson illuminations
on the full moon day (15) exclusively created to celebrate the arrival
of Arhath Mahinda centuries ago and the 2600 Sri Sambuddhathwa
auspices of the Chief Incumbent of Nagadeepa Temple and Sangha
Nayaka of the Northern Province Ven. Navadagala Padumakitti
Tissa Thero, Northern Command Sri Lanka Navy made all arrangements
to erect an attractive pandol at the temple site giving a novel
experience to many islanders.
is the first time that such a religious programme was organized
in this historical island. This pandol depicting the Sama Jathakaya
was made especially for the people of the islands,” Ven. Anuradhapura
Ariyakitthi Thissa Thero of the temple said.
Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe
and the Commander Northern Naval Command Rear Admiral Ravi Wijegunratne
inaugurated the celebrations switching on lights of the pandol at
with the main celebrations, sailors organized a Dansala
and distributed lunch packets and boiled gram to all who were present.
most interesting event was that people of the island organized a
separate Danasla where all pilgrims were offered biscuits with soft
of the Nagadeepa irrespective of racial and religious differences
gave their fullest support in organizing the festival,” Ven. Anuradhapura
Ariyakitthi Thissa Thero commented.
Commander SF-J, during his address at the opening of the ceremony
appreciated Ven. Navadagala Padumakitti Tissa Thero for his dedication
to protect this invaluable sacred land of Buddhists. Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe
thanked the Commander Northern Naval Command and all sailors of
the Northern Base for their support extended to arrange this year’s
Priests of Hindu and Islam faith, Divisional Secretary of Velanai
Mr. Nandagopal, a large number of Army, Navy and Police personnel
and civilians had gathered to watch the pandol and other decorations
which will end on the 18th.
boat service has been arranged from the Nagadeepa island by the
Navy till midnight for the convenience of pilgrims during the celebrations.