Offering of the first harvest (Agasus) of the Yala season 2019 to the sacred tooth relic was successfully held today(03) in Kandy.
Yala season harvest offering to the sacred tooth relic was held traditionally for the fourth occasion under the patronage of the most Ven.Warkagoda Dhamma Siddhi Sri Pannananda Gnanarathna Nayaka Thero, Chief Prelate of the Asgiriya Chapter and the Most Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Sumangala Nayaka Thero, Chief Prelate of the Malwatta Chapter. The ceremony was chaired by Hon. P.Harrison, Minister of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Irrigation and Fisheries and Aquatic Recourses Development.
The whole process of the ceremony was supervised by the Most Ven.Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Madankara Nayaka Thero, Committee Member Malwathu Maha Vihara Sanga Sabha in charge of the “Thewawa”. The farmer women came from all ten corners were seen waiting in line until they would receive an opportunity to make the offering.
This Yala season new rice offering to the sacred tooth relic was performed by filling the golden bowl with first rice brought from all for corners of the island attended by Hon. Harrison, Minister of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Irrigation and Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development, Mr. Nilanga Dela Bandara Nilame, Uru Warige Gunebandiyale Eththo, Mr. Keerthi Thennakoon, Governor, Central Province and Mr. Sunil Gamage, Chairman, National Joint Farmer Federation.
Bee honey pooja was performed by “Uruwarige Gunebandila Eththo” representing the “Adhiwasi” people.
The ceremony held for the fourth consecutive year was organized by the Water Management Division of Dept. of Irrigation.
Mr. K.D.S.Ruwan Chandra, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Chandika Ethugala Director, Irrigation Management Division of the Dept. of Agriculture and large number of farmers / farm women were also participated in the ceremony which was successfully concluded.