Colombo, Sri Lanka – The President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Honorable Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa visited and pay respects to the Supreme Sangha Patriarch of the Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Nikaya (Sector), Agga Maha Panditha Most Venerable Kotugoda Dhammawasa Maha Nayaka Thero at Maha Nayaka Thero Official Temple premises at Dharmapalarama Vihara in Mount Lavinia, Colombo, Sri Lanka on May 20, 2020.
The President and Prime Minister paid homage to the Buddha at Shrine Hall in the Dharmapalarama Vihara premises. Then they joined discuss with Most Venerable Kotugoda Dhammawasa Maha Nayaka Thero. On the occasion, Most Venerable Kotugoda Dhammawasa Maha Nayaka Thero presented 02 books titled, “Kotugoda Dhammawasa Maha Nayaka Hamuduruwo” and “Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Nikaya Viharastana Namawaliya” to the President and Prime Minister.
Furthermore, President and Prime Minister debrief about health condition and medicine of Most Venerable Kotugoda Dhammawasa Maha Nayaka Thero. After that Most Venerable Kotugoda Dhammawasa Maha Nayaka Thero and Maha Sangha invoke blessed and chanting to protect and prosperous for the President and Prime Minister.
Most Venerable Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thera began his tireless journey to every nook and corner of the island. As far back as the 1980s, Most Venerable Kosgoda Dhammavansa Maha Nayaka Thero, who noticed this commitment, invited Most Venerable Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thero accept the position Joint-Secretary of the Sangha Council. The Thera accepted it humbly and discharged all duties expected of him to the best of his abilities. In appreciation of such blameless services, he was later appointed as the Secretary General.
Most Venerable Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thero later became the President of the Sangha Council. Then he was made the Mahopadhyaya. As the Maha Nayaka position fell vacant following the demise of Most Venerable Davuldena Nanissara Thero, Venerable Aggamahapanditha Kotugoda Dhammavasa Maha Nayaka Thero was unanimously chosen to hold the office on May 26, 2017.
This long journey to success has been earmarked by various honorific ecclesiastical titles awarded to him. Among these honorific titles are Saddharmakirti Sri Tripitaka Visharada, Pravacana Kirti Sri Sasana Shobhana, Sri Sumangala Vidyavatansaka and Aggamaha Pandita.
After visit to Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Official Photographs by President Media Division and Prime Minister Media Division in Sri Lanka.