The unique and great meritorious task of dedicating the Mahaviharaya recreated after 800 years, to the venerable Maha Sangha was held on the 06th and 07th December 2014. This simple, yet solemn meritorious event was participated by the Mahanayaka Theros of all three Nikayas and numerous Maha Sangha and tens of thousands of devotees. The Mahavihara premises were beautifully decorated with traditional pandols, flags, pennants and coconut lamps.
The historical meritorious event of dedicating the Anuradhapura Mahaviharaya, recreated after 800 years, to the Maha Sangha according to the ancient traditions by pouring water on the hands with the Golden Pitcher will be held on the 07th December 2014. On 06th December, an overnight chanting of Pirith will be held at the Auditorium of the recreated Mahaviharaya. Dedication of the Mahaviharaya to the Maha Sangha will be held next morning. Also, the devotees who offered the furniture required for the Mahaviharaya will dedicate them by ceremonially pouring water on the hands of the Maha Sangha. The noon Dana will be offered to over a 100 venerable Maha Sangha.
Held after 800 years of history, and could not predict when a similar event would be held again, this unique and incomparable meritorious deed will be participated by the venerable Maha Sangha of all three Nikayas headed by the venerable Maha Nayaka Theros.
The Karthika Mangalyaya, the last of the four festivals of the year for the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi was held last evening with much reverence under the advice and guidance of Atamasthanadhipathi Ven. Dr. Pallegama Siriniwasa Nayaka Thero.
According to the tradition, the Karthika Mangalyaya is held at the auspicious time of 'Kethi Nekatha' arriving in the evening of the IL Fullmoon Poyaday. Here, the venerable Bhikkhus of the Mahaviharaya gather at the Bomaluwa Temple and prepare the Gilanpasa Pooja for the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Meanwhile, the Villidura people protecting the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi prepare the trays of betel, flowers and lamps, etc. By order of the Atamasthanadhipathi Nayaka Thero and signaled by the ringing of the great temple bell at the auspicious moment, the Villidura people carry all the offerings to the Udamaluwa in a procession led by the Maha Sangha. Throughout this ceremony, the traditional drummers play the Hewisi drums in the Welimaluwa at the North Gate entrance to the third Maluwa of the sacred Bodhi. And the traditional gatekeepers stand guard at the gate carrying ancient Kunthayudha.
Gilanpasa, flowers, lamps, betel and the other Pooja items carried ceremonially in the procession were offered to the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi at the flower alter and the venerable Bhikkhus chant Seth Pirith. Afterwards, a similar Pooja was held at the main shrine room, too. Next morning, Milk Rice was offered to the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in a golden bowl. Afterwards, the scheduled programmes of the Udamaluwa during the next yeas were informed to the God Kaludevatha Bandara, the deity believed to be the guardian of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. At the end, the Karthika Mangalyaya ceremony was concluded after sharing merits with all orthodox Buddhist gods.
The newly built Sanghavasa Building of the Abhayagiri Mahaviharaya belonging to the Atamasthana of the Anuradhapura Mahaviharaya, was ceremonially declared open on 26th October 2014 by Ven. Dr. Pallegama Siriniwasa Atamasthanadhipathi Nayaka Thero. This new Sanghavasa consists of a number of dwelling rooms with facilities for the venerable Bhikkhus, a waiting hall, a Daana Shala and a kitchen. The official website of the Abhayagiri Viharaya too,was launched by Ven. Atamasthanadhipathi Nayaka Thero on this occasion.
It is traditional for the venerable Bhikkhus to observe Vas on the Esala Fullmoon Poyaday in July and spend the three month rainy season in one temple concentrating on Seela. The Vas period ends in the Vap Fullmoon Poyaday in October. Same as the observance of Vas, the tradition for the venerable Bhikkhus who observed Vas is to gather at the Pohoya Ge of the said temple and conclude Vas performing the 'Maha Pavaranaya' .
Anuradhapura Mahaviharaya premises was filled with thousands of virtuous devotees on the Vap Fullmoon Poya Day of 08th October. As the first item of the Fullmoon poya day religious programme, the devotees observed the eight precepts at 6.00am at the main Buddha shrine room under the shade of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Ven. Kudaelagamuwe Gnanasiri Thero of the Bomaluwa Temple placed them on the eight precepts. The morning Buddha Pooja was held at 6.30am, as usual. The morning Dana for the devotees was provided by Mr. M.V.P. Perera of Homagama.
A sacred Bodhi sapling generated from a seed of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi of Anuradhapura Mahaviharaya was planted with much ceremony on the 11th September 2014 at the Sri Lankarama Buddha Vihar at Kaushambi, Uttar Pradesh, India. On the request of the Incumbent of the Sri Lankarama Buddha Vihar Ven. Dr. Thalammehera Siri Visuddhi Nayaka Thero, Atamasthanadhipathi Dr. Pallegama Siriniwasa Nayaka Thero donated this rarely occurred sacred Bodhi.
Over 3,000 devotees from all over the country observed the Eight Precepts on the Binara Fullmoon Poya Day at the Anuradhapura Mahaviharaya under the guidance of Ven. Dr. Pallegama Siriniwasa Atamasthanadhipathi Nayaka Thero. At the main shrine room under the shade of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi they were placed on the eight precepts by Ven. Kanubichchiye Rathanajothi Thero of the Bomaluwa Temple. Afterwards, they participated in the religious programmes at the Sannipatha Shala of the Mahaviharaya.
The great meritorious task of renovating the 'Ranveta', the Golden Railing round the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi of Anuradhapura Mahaviharaya has begun under the guidance and advice of the Atamasthanadhipathi Ven. Dr. Pallegama Siriniwasa Nayaka Thero.
There are two Golden Railings built around the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi for the protection of the sacred Bodhi. The first Golden Railing was erected in 1969 by a committee headed by Ven. Yatirawana Narada Thero. The second Golden railing was built in 2002 under the leadership of Ven. Dr. Pallegama Siriniwasa Nayaka Thero. These golden railings which get discoloured with aging, need to be cleaned, polished and plated with gold from time to time.
The Nikini Poya Day programme of the Fullmoon day religious programme series of the Anuradhapura Mahaviharaya was held successfully with the participation of over ten thousand white clad devotees.
At 6.00am, thousands of devotees observed the eight precepts under the shade of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. The morning Buddha Pooja was held at 6.30am, as usually.Prof. Ven. Malwane Chandarathana Nayaka Thero of the Sinhala Dept. of the Kelaniya University delivered the first Dhamma Talk of the day at 8.00am. The topic was 'The Seela, Smadhi and Pangna taught in the Buddha Dhamma'. Afterwards, the lay devotee's discourse was conducted at 9.15am by Prof. Darshana Ratnayake of the Sinhala Dept. of the Kelaniya University on the subject of 'The glory of the Nibbana depicted in the Thera Theri Gatha'. The mid-day Buddha Pooja was held at 10.30am.