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Navy constructs Relics Observation Dais at Historic Buddhangala Hermitage

Sri Lanka Navy constructed a special relics observation dais at the historic Buddhangala Hermitage in Ampara. It was ceremonially declared open by Secretary of Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on the Poson Poya Day, 04th June 2012. Chief Incumbent Ven. Pandit Deeghawapiye Suseema Thera, Ven. Buddhangala Ananda Thera and resident monks, Governor of the Sabaragamuwa Province Hon. WJM Lokubandara, Hon. Member of Parliament Rear Admiral (Rtd.) Sarath Weerasekera and Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Somathilake Dissanayake also attended the function.

The sturdy relics observation dais with a safety railing has been constructed with the financial and labour contribution rendered by the Buddhist Association of the Sri Lanka Navy under the direction of Secretary of Defence and Commander of the Navy in response to a request made by the Chief Incumbent Thera. It allows devotees to pay homage to the relics enshrined in the historic cheitya conveniently. The special dais replaces the improvised structure, which was used earlier for the annual public worship of the much-revered relics.

Buddhists from all parts of the island worship the Buddhangala Cheitya, which has been constructed atop a beautiful rock enshrining the sacred relics believed to be of Lord Buddha and His Chief Disciples. The newly-constructed relics observation dais, therefore, is a welcome relief for the devotees and fulfills one of their long-felt needs.

Buddhangala is one of the projects carried out by the Navy to uplift the infrastructure facilities at religious places for the benefits of devotees. Naval personnel provide voluntary contributions for the meritorious acts in order to build religious harmony among all communities of diverse religious faiths in the country.