Sri Lanka President says national duties have to be fulfilled despite challenges
Mon, Aug 23, 2021, 08:42 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Aug 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that despite the challenges and obstacles the country would have to face, there are a number of national responsibilities and duties that need to be fulfilled.
At the ceremony organized to mark the successful completion of the historical Dalada Perahera at the President’s House, Kandy this evening (23), the President noted that the rulers throughout history had believed that the rituals and offerings conducted on behalf of and devoted to the Sacred Tooth Relic as the foremost duty.
“We have been able to conduct the ‘Sri Dalada Perahera’ festival this year as well in line with ancient traditions and customs and it is a “Buddhalambana” bliss to all Buddhists,” he said.
According to the traditional customs, Custodian of the sacred Sri Dalada Maligawa, Diyawadana Nilame Nilanga Dela Bandara, along with the Basnayake Nilames of the four Hindu Temples (Dewales), officially presented the ‘Sannasa’, the traditional communication of successful conclusion of the Kandy Esala Perahera, to the Head of State, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House in Kandy today.
“Whatever challenges and obstacles befall on the country, we know that there are a number of national responsibilities and duties entrusted upon us that we should fulfill. Since ancient times our rulers believed that the performing of respectful rituals to venerate the Most Sacred Tooth Relic should be given utmost priority. They handed over that tradition from one generation to the other. I am also committed to perform all the rituals to venerate the Most Sacred Tooth Relic with utmost respect by following the way of the ancient kings and all the previous Heads of the State,” President Rajapaksa said.
While presenting the scroll, Diyawadana Nilame Nilanga Dela expressed gratitude to the government and all others for providing assistance to conduct the historical Dalada Perahera successfully even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The President noted that even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, “We were able to preserve the ancient tradition of holding the Dalada Perahera festival this year as well with great respect to carry forward this important tradition to future generations.”
The Head of the State extended gratitude to everyone including the artistes who were committed to making this procession to the Sacred Tooth Relic a reality this year as well.
The President furthermore said that the veneration to the most Sacred Tooth Relic could be considered as a commitment made towards the country and nation.
The President also offered fruits to the elephant ‘Bandhaa’ symbolically marking the offer of fruits to all elephants and tuskers that participated in the procession.