- Thailand to donate golden casket
- to Dalada Maligawa
Lakehouse, September 9, 2001
Kandy -- Twenty-Member delegation
of Thai Buddhist priests will bring to Sri Lanka the especially made golden casket
(Karanduwa) donated to the Dalada Maligawa Kandy by the Thai Government and Buddhist
people of that country on the 19th of this month.
This valuable offering is to be made to
the Dalada Maligawa to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of reconstituting of the Sangha
Sasana in Sri Lanka by performing Upasampada (Higher Ordination) at the Malwatte Maha
Vihara by Thai Buddhist Priests led by Upali Maha Thera during the time of King Kirthi Sri
When the delegation arrives at Katunayake
Bandaranaike International Airport bringing the casket, they will be received by the Prime
Minister and Minister of Buddha Sasana, Ratnasiri Wickramanayake, Deputy Minister
Ediriweera Premaratne and Diyawadana Nilame Neranjan Wijeyeratne and other Buddhist
The Thai Buddhist delegation carrying the
Karanduwa will arrive in Kandy on September 20th, and on their way to Kandy from Colombo
they will be accorded receptions at Nittambuwa at 3.00 pm and at Kegalle at 5.00 p.m. They
will arrive in Kandy at 6.30 p.m. when they would be received by authorities and religious
dignitaries and conducted to the Dalada Maligawa.
On September 21st at 9.45 a.m., The
Karanduwa will be received officially by Most Vens. Rambukwelle Sri Vipassi and Udugama
Sri Rathanapala Buddharakkhitha Mahanayake Theras of the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters
respectively and Diyawadana Nilame Neranjan Wijeyaratne at the Maligawa. At 2.00 p.m. on
the same day the Sacred Tooth Relic will be placed in the new Thai Karanduwa and be
exposed to Thai delegation in a special exposition.
Thereafter the Sacred Tooth Relic will be
exhibited to the general public from September 22nd to October 7th daily from 1.00 p.m. to
5.00 p.m. A meeting presided over by the Kandy District Secretary, Sumana Bandara
Baddewela, was held recently to discuss the organisation of the receiving of the casket
from Thai delegation and the exposition of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
The exposition of the Sacred Tooth Relic
will take place after 7 years.