Sandahiru Seya in Anuradhapura unveiled for the worship of devotees
Thu, Nov 18, 2021, 10:59 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Nov 18, Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa presided over the ceremonial unveiling of the Sandahiru Seya in Anuradhapura for the worship of devotees all over the world this afternoon (18).
Sandahiru Seya, vested with the Venerable Maha Sanga today was built to commemorate the heroic war heroes who made great sacrifices for the unity of the motherland and to mark the end of the Thirty Years War on a concept of the 5th Executive President and present Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and under the guidance of the then Defense Secretary President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa..
Financial and labor donations were made by the Armed Forces, the Police, the Civil Defense Force, the clergy and laymen.
This is the largest dagoba built in Sri Lanka after the construction of the Jethavanaramaya in Anuradhapura by King Mahasen in AD 301.
Construction of “Sandahiru Seya Chaithya” commenced on 22 November 2010 and the sacred relics were placed on 22 November 2014. The ‘Crest Gem’ had been placed at the tip of the Stupa pinnacle on November 08, amidst religious observances.
The stupa is 282 feet 6 inches high and 800 feet in circumference. This bubble shaped chaitya houses the sacred relics including the Kapilavastu relics. The height of the Crest Gem placed in the dagoba is 3 feet 6 inches. There are 1895 gemstones, inlaid with gold as well as pearls.
The President and the Prime Minister unveiled the ‘Sacred Pinnacle’ and the ‘Crest-Gem’’ of Sandahiru Stupa amid Jaya Pirith chanting, Deva Aradhana, and the Hevisi drums. The Maha Sangha and the chief guests offered flowers and incense in front of the main Wahalkada statue and at the temple.
Addressing the gathering, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said every time the Seya is worshipped, the merits will be delivered to all war heroes who sacrificed their lives to bring peace to the country and to all those who died during the war.
“I had great faith in the security forces, which was built with the children of the people in the country. The then Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, with the assistance of the chiefs of defense units, carried out the task of bringing peace to the country by properly directing the security forces made up of those children,” the Premier said.
The Prime Minister said that this “Sandahiru Seya” is dedicated to the war heroes who stopped the rivers of blood, eradicated the fear of death and made the country a sanctuary and he wishes that such incidents would never happen again in the future.
“No matter how small our country is, we must have the freedom to live in our country,” the Premier said emphasizing that it is the responsibility of present and future leaders to safeguard the security of war heroes who are dedicated to the freedom of our country and the freedom that war heroes have restored through the sacrifice of their lives.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa presented plaques and certificates to the troops of the three Armed Forces in appreciation of their service in the construction of Sandahiru Seya.