Commander of the Navy pays homage to places of worship in Anuradhapura and receives blessings
Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera paid homage to the Atamasthana (8 sacred locations) and several other places of worship in Anuradhapura on 24th December 2022. The visit turned out to be his maiden tour to Anuradhapura, after taking the office as 25th Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy. During the visit, Commander of the Navy was accompanied by Mrs Mala Lamahewa, the President of Navy Seva Vanitha Unit.
Commander of the Navy first paid his homage to sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura and called on Atamasthanadipathi, Chief Sanghanayake of “Nuwara Kalaviya”, Most Venerable Pallegama Sirisumana Rathanapala Hemarathana Nayake Thera and received his blessings for future endeavors of the Navy. Subsequently, he visited Lankaramaya, Ruwanweliseya, Jethawanaramaya, Isurumuniya, Abayagiriya, Thuparamaya, Mirisawetiya as well as Sandahiru Seya and paid his homage in pious sentiments.
In addition, Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera paid his obeisance to Chief Incumbent of Lankaramaya and Chief Adhikarana Sanghanayake of North and North Central Provinces Ven. Ralapanawe Dhammajoti Thera, Chief Incumbent of Ruwanweliseya and Chancellor of Rajarata University, Panditha Ven. Ethalawetunuwave Gnanathilaka Maha Nayaka Thera, Viharadhikari of Jethawanaramaya, Ven. Ihalahalmillewe Rathanapala Nayake Thera, Chief Incumbent of Isurumuniya Raja Maha Viharaya and Chief Adhikarana Sanghanayake of “Nuwara Kalaviya”, Ven. Matawa Sri Sangharakkitha Thera, Chief Incumbent of Abhayagiri Raja Maha Viharaya and Senior Lecturer of Bhiksu University of Sri Lanka, Rajakeeya Panditha Ven. Kallanchiye Rathanasiri Thera, Chief Incumbent of Thuparamaya, Ven. Kahalle Ganendra Nayake Thera and Chief Incumbent of Mirisawetiya, Ven. Welihene Sobitha Nayake Thera and received their blessings.
Giving their wise counsel to Commander of the Navy, the members of Maha Sangha heaped praise on the Sri Lanka Navy which has been engaged in a wide-varying tasks for the defence of the nation and prosperity of the country. Thus, they showered the blessings of the Noble Triple Gem on the Commander of the Navy and all naval personnel wishing them strength to realise the aspirations of the nation.
The President of Naval Buddhist Association and Director General Engineering, Rear Admiral Ravi Ranasinghe, Commander North Central Naval Area, Rear Admiral Prasad Kariyapperuma and a group of naval personnel from the Navy Headquarters and North Central Naval Command were present on these occasions.