A colourful ceremony to invoke blessings on naval flags was held at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura, under the patronage of Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe, on 02nd and 03rd December. The ceremony has been organized as part of a series of celebratory events being held to mark the 68th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Navy. The President of the Navy Seva Vanitha Unit, Mrs. Sandya Ranasinghe was also present on this occasion.
The symbolic Flag Blessing ceremony of the Navy which was held for the 07th consecutive year to receive the blessings of the sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and the noble Triple Gem was led by Atamasthanadhipathi, Chief Sanghanayaka North Central Province, most Ven. Dr. Pallegama Sirinivasa Nayaka Thero and Maha Sangha. During the ceremony, 77 flags including the National Flag, Buddhist Flag, Naval Ensign and flags of naval commands, establishments, ships and craft were blessed, having laid them at sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi feet.
The occasion was attended by Chief of Staff of the Navy, Rear Admiral Piyal De Silva, Commander North Central Naval Area, Rear Admiral Muditha Gamage, Commanders of other naval areas, Director Generals of the Navy, senior naval officers attached to the Naval Headquarters and the North Central Naval Command, sailors and a large number of devotees as well. A ‘Kapruk Pooja Pinkama’ organized by the Sri Lanka Navy Buddhist Association was also held at the Ruwanveliseya on the sidelines of the Flag Blessing ceremony.
Flag Blessing Ceremony
Kapruk Pooja Pinkama