President Maithri’s, 'In Cognito, visit to Nagadeepa Raja Maha Viharaya
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Srisena was strictly on a private visit to Jaffna and visited Nagadeepa Raja Maha Viharaya and Naga Pusani Amman Temple, both located in the island of Nainativu in Tamil and Nagadia in the Sinhala Language.
Asian Tribune learnt that even Prsident Maithripala Srisena’s official representative in the Northern Province, Governor Reginald Cooray was even not notified of this private visit of the President to the Jaffna Peninsula.
The Nagadeepa Purana Rajamaha Viharaya is one of the sixteen most sacred places of worship by the Buddhists in Sri Lanka.
The two Tamil Jain and Buddhist epics of the second century - Kundalakesi and Manimekalai - describe the islet of Manipallavam of Naka Tivu/Nadu, this islet of the Jaffna peninsula, from where merchants came to obtain gems and conch shells.
According to President’s Media Division’s Report, President Maithripala Sirisena worshipped the historical Nagadeepa Raja Maha Viharaya off Jaffna Peninsula today (April 17).
The report further revealed, he looked into the well-being of the Chief Incumbent of the temple Ven. Navandagala Padumakiththithissa Thero, and offered ata pirikara to him.
The President who engaged in religious activities at the temple watched the museum in the temple premises.
Chief Incumbent of the Ruwanveli Maha Seya Ven. Pallegama Hemarathana Thero also joined this occasion.
The President also visited Sri Naga Pusan Amman Kovil and engaged in religious activities.
- Asian Tribune -