Blessings invoked on Navy Flags at sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi to coincide with 69th Navy Day
A colourful ceremony to invoke blessings on naval flags is being held at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura, under the patronage of Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva, for two days (27th and 28th November 2019). The ceremony has been organized as part of a series of celebratory events being held to mark the 69th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Navy which falls on 09th December 2019. The President of the Navy Seva Vanitha Unit, Mrs. Arundathi Udithamala Jayaneththi was also present on this occasion.
The symbolic Flag Blessing ceremony of the Navy which was held for the 08th consecutive year to receive the blessings of the sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and the noble Triple Gem was conducted by Atamasthanadhipathi, Chief Sanghanayaka North Central Province, most Ven. Dr. Pallegama Sirinivasa Nayaka Thero and Maha Sangha. During the ceremony, 88 flags including the National Flag, Buddhist Flag, Naval Ensign and flags of naval commands, establishments, ships and craft were blessed.
This special occasion was attended by Chief of Staff of the Navy, Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, Commander North Central Naval Area, Rear Admiral Sudath Kurukulasooriya, Area Commanders. 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 is also being held at the Ruwanveliseya on the sidelines of the Flag Blessing ceremony.