The final rites of the late Chief Prelate of the Amarapura Chapter, Most Venerable Aggamaha Panditha Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thera was held yesterday at Independence Square under state patronage.
Addressing at the final rites ceremony of the Mahanayake Thera President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said Chief Prelate of the Amarapura Sect Ven. Aggamaha Panditha Kotugoda Dhammawasa Mahanayake Thera always sought to propagate social well-being, prosperity, unity and well-being of the people.
The President said that the late Mahanayake Thera had rendered yeomen service to the country and the Nation and was known to not only the local Buddhist devotees, but also to the entire Buddhist world.
The President said that the late Mahanayake Thera had exceptional oratory skills and his sermons were admired by all followers both in Sri Lanka and in overseas countries.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s message was read out by Minister Chamal Rajapaksa. It said the Chief Prelate’s demise had taken from our midst, one of the most erudite monks, who was well known for his Dhamma sermons and immense service to the Sasana.
Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa said that the Chief Prelate’s demise was an immense loss to the country and to the Buddha Sasana. The late Mahanayake Thera always offered advice and guidance to the country’s leaders and raised his voice at crucial junctures for the country. He was the very epitome of discipline as an erudite Bhikku who propagated Buddhism throughout the world. Several members of the Maha Sangha, Colombo Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith and several other lay leaders also spoke.