Katina Perehera of Jaffna Sri Naga Vihara was organized
by the Sri Lanka Army this year too in grandeur with guidance
of Ven. Meegahajandure Siri Vimala Thero of the temple and Commander
Security Forces Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe
on Sunday, November 25th.
comprising a jumbo of Colombo Gangarama Raja Maha Vihara, Kandyan
dancers, Jaffna traditional dancers and various other items presented
by Jaffna school children, aesthetic institutes and soldiers started
near the Weerasingham Hall and proceeded along the Hospital Road,
Rasavinthottam Road and reached the Naga Vihara along the Stanley
of Jaffna people and visitors from the South who flocked to the
Naga Vihara Junction and to either side of the Perahera
route witnessed this annual Buddhist religious pageant in Jaffna.
Chivara (robe) was brought from the Civil Affairs and Public
Relations Office to the temple early morning the following day
in a Perahera preceded by traditional drummers and Buddhist
51 Division of Kopay assisted by Jaffna Tamil Buddhist Association,
Brigades and Units serving under the 51 Division made all arrangements
to make the event a colorful one.
other Religions, Mayoress Jaffna Mrs. Yogeswari Pathgunarasa,
General Officer Commanding 51 Division Brigadier Chandana Gunawardane,
Senior Military and Police officers and Jaffna Community leaders
and a large crowd of civilians witnessed the evening Perahera.