"For the first time in the history, Asia Broadcasting Corporation is instrumental in amassing a huge crowd to Kataragama Kirivehera sacred site" - Kirivehera Chief Prelate Thalagala Gnaanindha Thera stated.
The Hiru Shakya Sinha Vesak ceremony organized by Hiru FM and Hiru TV to mark the Vesak festival began at the historical sacred site of Kirivehara in Kataragama.
It was significant that hundreds and thousands of devotees at participated Hiru Shakya Sinha Vesak Festival since this morning.
For the first time in the history, I witnessed an unprecedented crowd gathered around Kataragama Kirivehera, and a large number of devotees have been arriving to participate at the religious activities taking place centered upon the historical sacred site of Kirivehera, Kirivehera Chief Prelate Thalagala Gnaanindha Thera stated.
Hiru TV and Hiru FM which continuously takes steps for the betterment of the Sasana has organized several religious functions in view of Vesak, which marks the birth, enlightenment and the passing away of the Buddha. Sil campaigns, meditating programmes, dhamma discussions and many more religious activities also held at the sacred site.
Consequently, Dhamma sermon was carried out at the sacred site of Kirivehera by Venerable Madirigiriya Sidhdhartha Thera.
‘Divya Wanshaya’ program broadcast by the Hiru TV on every Poya day was held recently at the "Ashtapala" Bodhi Tree at Kataragama, the program was discussed about the God Kataragama, the guardian deity of Sri Lanka, with the participation of Kapu Mahaththaya (Official in Charge of the Temple) of the Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devalaya Somapala Ratnayake and many academics.
For the first time in Television history, Spiritual Thewawa (Service) of Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya was telecasted live and exclusive on Hiru TV.
One hundred thousand oil lamps and electric bulbs were lit covering the sacred Katharagama Kiriwehera Temple, parallel to the ‘Hiru Shakya Sinha Mangalya’, under the patronage of the Chairman of Asia Broadcasting Corporation Mr. Reyynor Silva, who later likewise offered a Buddha statue to the Temple.
Reportedly, a huge number of devotees rushed to the consecrated site to witness this noteworthy event and to acquire endowments.
The Viharadikari of Kataragama Kiriwehera Ven. Thalagala Gnaanindha Thera highly admired the service done by Asia Broadcasting Corporation, regarding conveying the Buddhist crowd to this scared ground.
“Due to the hard work of the Asia Broadcasting Corporation led by Mr. Reyynor Silva, hundreds of thousands of devotees were able to pay homage and witness this scared process. This is the first time in history such number of devotees gathered to Kataragama,” the Venerable Thera said, adding that
“Today a new page in Kataragama Kiriwehera history gets turned and I invoke my blessing upon all who helped through this scared process, especially Mr. Reyynor Silva to have strength in order to continue this work.”
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