- Published on Monday, 11 June 2012 12:02
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Tomorrow is the 7th Century of establishing the Asgiri Maha Viharaya of the Siyam Maha Nikaya. The state function in this connection will be held tomorrow under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapakse.
The Viharaya was established by King Parakramabahu IV in the 13th Century and almost all the rulers of the Kandyan Kingdom contributed much towards its development. Records also indicate that it was mainly the monks of this Chapter who safeguarded the Tooth Relic on behalf of the ruling monarch during troublesome times.
It was Wariyapola Sumangala Anunayake Thero of this Viharaya who re-hoisted the Sinhalese flag in protest when the British hoisted the flag of Union Jack at the time of the signing of the Kandyan Convention in 1815.
The President is also scheduled to declare open the four storied resting hall and the new building of the Palipana Sri Chandananda Memorial Buddhist School tomorrow. A classic book relating to Asgiri Maha Viharaya and a commemorative stamp will also be released tomorrow. (niz)