Meanwhile the Poson full moon poya day “Janapathi Sadaham Yathra”, religious sermon was also held at the Dibulagala Rajamaha Temple. Maha Nayaka of the Amarapura Sri Dharmarakshita Nikaya and the Chief Incumbent at Bambalapitiya Sri Vajiraramaya temple Most Venerable Rajakiya Panditha Trincomalee Ananda Thero delivered the sermon today and the President was also present among the devotees. The Poson Maha bath dansela organized annually by the Polonnaruwa Buddhist Council for the 58th time will be held on today and tomorrow in front of Polonnaruwa Parakum Samudra where the rice dansela was opened by the President yesterday. This rice dansela was organized by the chair of the Buddhist Council President Maithripala Sirisena on behalf of pilgrims gathering in hundreds of thousands to worships in celebrating the Poson full moon poya day on which Arahat Mahinda arrived in Sri Lanka. The Dansela started after offering danaya to the Mahasangha where the special preaching and Punya Anumodana was conducted by the Anunayaka of Udarata Amarapura Maha Nikaya Chief Incumbent of Japan’s Sakamuni International Buddhist Centre Ven.Yalagamuwe Dhammissara Thero.
Chief Prelate of Alahara Bakamuna region Liyangaswagure Devananda Thero and other mahasangha too were present at the event. A huge crowd gathered from different areas to Polonnaruwa sacred premises came to the dansela where the President too engaged in serving them food. The dansela will be continued today as well as tomorrow from morning to night on behalf of the crowd gathered for worship.
Minister Wijeydasa Rajapakshe, Members of Parliament Nalaka Kollonne, Siripala Gamlath, former Chief Minister of the North Central Province Peshala Jayarathne, Chairman of the Polonnaruwa Municipal Council Chanaka Sidath Ranasighe, District Secretary for Polonnaruwa Ranjith Ariyarathne and others were present in this event.