Navy flag blessing ceremony held at the sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
In view of the 65th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Navy, a flag blessing ceremony was held at the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura on 12th December 2015 under the patronage of the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne. Mrs. Yamuna Wijegunaratne, the Chief of Staff of the Navy, Rear Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe, the Commander North Central Naval Area, Rear Admiral Dimuthu Gunawardena, senior naval officers attached to the Naval Headquarters and the North Central Naval Command and a large number of naval personnel were also present at the occasion.
The customary religious ceremony which was held for the fourth consecutive year was lead by Atamasthanadhipathi Ven. Pallegama Siriniwasabhidhana Nayaka Thera together with the Chief Incumbents of “Atamasthana” temples. The National Flag, Buddhist Flag, Naval Ensign, Naval Commands and Afloat Command flags, Naval Establishments and Ships' flags were blessed after they were laid at the foot of the sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.
A ‘Kapruk Pooja’ was also held at the Ruwanveliseya to coincide with the event on the evening of 11th December 2015. Blessings were invoked on the Navy at the religious ceremony organized by the Sri Lanka Navy Buddhist Association. Sri Lanka Navy celebrated its 65th Anniversary on 09th December 2015, giving prominence to religious activities. Many naval ceremonies are held in keeping with time-honoured naval customs and traditions.