Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Most Venerable Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thero were brought to Sri Lanka last night under the state patronage
The remains of Maha Nayake of the Asgiriya chapter Most Venerable Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thero were brought to Sri Lanka last night under the state patronage. He was 86 years old at the time of his passing away. The remains will lie in state until 7.00 o'clock this morning at Jayarathne Funeral Parlour in Colombo. Thereafter, the remains will be taken to Asgiri Maha Viharaya in Kandy. The funeral of late Maha Nayake Thero is scheduled to be held on Sunday at 2.00 pm at Kandy Police Park under the state patronage.
The most venerable Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Maha Nayake Thero who was born on 17th March 1930 was ordained in July 1944. He received the state of Upasampada in 1951 and got involved with activities of Kandy Sri Dalada Maligawa in 1969. He became the Chief Incumbent of Rangiri Dambulu Viharaya in 1992. He was appointed as the Anu Nayake of Asgiri Maha Viharaya in 1998 and became the Maha Nayake of the temple in 1999.
Issuing a condolence message in connection with the death of Maha Nayake of the Asgiriya chapter, President Maithripala Sirisena says that the late Maha Nayake rendered a yeoman service to Buddhism and the country. He has recalled the services done by the Maha Nayake Thero in remote areas of the country by establishing Buddha Rakkitha Foundation.
Meanwhile, the government has declared a national day of mourning on Sunday. The Ministry of Home Affairs has taken the decision on a decision taken by the cabinet. The heads of all government institutions have been instructed to fly the National Flag at half-mast as a respect to the late Maha Nayake Thero. The government has requested the people to hoist a yellow flag at their homes.