Navam Perahera a blessing on the whole country

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The annual Navam Perahera of the Gangaramaya is held in the blessed month when Lord Buddha appointed Sariyuth and Mugalan as his chief disciples. Hunupitiya Gangaramaya Chief Incumbent Ven. Galboda Gnanissara Thera said the Perahera is conducted as a blessing on the whole country.

DM_20170210_A001-7The statement by Ven. Galboda Gnanissara Thera, Chief Incumbent of the Gangaramaya of Hunupitiya, Colombo and Chief Prelate of Nava Korale said: 

“The Navam Perahera of the Gangaramaya, recognized by everyone as the main cultural event of Colombo was inaugurated in 1979 on a suggestion made by the late President Ranasinghe Premadasa. It is in this blessed Navam month that Lord Buddha appointed Sariyuth and Mugalan as his chief disciples. It is in February, the month of Navam that rain too is scarce. 

But the Navam Perahera conducted as a Pooja is a blessing on the whole country. At the first Perahera that was conducted there were 169 elephants and over 5000 artistes from upcountry, low country and Sabaragamuwa taking part very proudly.   

After this the Central Bank bombing took place which was a very sad event. That year there was no Perahera, but a Mal Perahera was conducted and all funds collected by the organizers were donated to the victims affected by the bomb.   

When Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was the Minister of Youth Affairs, under his direction the Technical College of the Gangaramaya was started and the students thereafter contributed their dedicated service to the Perahera. In the history of Sri Lanka it is at the Gangaramaya Navam Perahera that students of Colombo s Royal, Ananda, Nalanda, Thurstan and D S carry flags, banners and take part. 

During the years of terrorism Peraheras in other parts of the country were not held and students did not take part. But we cannot forget the fact that Navam Perahera was conducted with the participation of the Technical College children which was a great help.    
As a result of the Navam Perahera a Pilgrims’ Rest to accommodate 3000 pilgrims was constructed at Kataragama. We were able to construct and donate over 3000 houses to the  unfortunate families affected by the Tsunami. We were also able to hold an island wide programme to plant trees with the blessings of the Navam Perahera We also donated essential items to many temples island wide that lacked necessities.   

This year the Navam Perahera was conducted presided by President Maithripala Sirisena on the 9th. Today, (10) it will be conducted under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.”