This highly meritorious activity was organized by members of CCA with the guidance of Honorable Dr.Samadhi Rajapakse.Despite the merits,Improving the qualities of the membership and blessing the cancer patients were the main objectives.
Situated in the deep south/Giruwa Paththuwa the Kiri Vehera is considerd the most important place of worship in the southern province of Sri Lanka.Being a solosmasthanaya the place became sacred by the presence of lord buddha himself with 500 arhats during the third visit to Sri Lanka.The pagoda was built by the King Mahasena and dates back to 3rd century BC.In addition to the numerous sacred relics deposited the legend says that the sword that prince Siddhattha cut his hair off at the time of his renunciation is deposited in this stupa.
Main Puja activities…
Dethis maha purushalakshana puja–Meicinal Herbal drink was offered to the pagoda in 32 pathra.The gilanpasa was prepared with 32 medicinal herbs with chanting of sutta with an enormous sraddha.
Cancer care association organized a pilgrimage to Anuradhapura on 29th June to 1st of July.Being an organization with a Buddhist Background CCA render its services to all patients immaterial of their religion or race.One of its main objectives is spiritual development of its membership.This pilgrimage was organized to improve Metta Karuna Muditha Upekka and Shraddha of our membership.
Dr.Upul Ekanayake,Consultant Oncologist from Teaching Hospital Karapitiya and our leader Honorable Dr.Samadhi Rajapkasa organized this highly meritorious activity.
A group of 101 people from Galle joined members of Colombo and Anuradhapura making a total Crowd of 175.The journey started around 3 am on 29th June from Galle.After coming to Colombo the lucky crowd got the chance to worship the Sacred Relics-Keshadhathunwahanse at Dr.Samadhi’s Place.And Journey restarted around 6 am from Homagama.
Once the group reached Anuradhapura initial activity was to visit the Cancer Care Hospice at Kurundankulama.
The Buddha statue was relocated on the newly built Mal asanaya in the New shrine room with the participation of the members with great honor
Then Atamashtana Vandana Journey started at 3.oo pm from Lankaram Temple and proceded to places of the Abhayagiri Monastery.
Places including the Dane salawa(dining hall),Eth Pukana and the great Sandakadapahana of the ancient Abhayagiri Monastery were showed to us.
After a good meditation session at Samadhi Buddha Statue group visited Jethawana pagoda .Aba(Gingerly Oil) lamps made out of King coconut were offered to Lord Buddha ending up with chanting of a Pirith Sutta.
The program for the day finished with visiting Thuparamaya(Sri lanka’s first Pagoda).After offering flowers group chanted Karaniya Metta sutta according to the guidance given.
After having dinner at around 10 pm after long happy day the group had a time to rest.
Next day Kiripindu (Milk Rice) was prepared by members in a special way during chanting of Qualities of lord Buddha(Budu Guna).The prepared rice meal was arranged in to 9 pathra(containers) and covered with silver and gold sheets and offered to Jaya siri Maha Bodhi with great respect.A budu perehera was arranged for the offerings.
After Observing Sil at the Jayasiri Maha Bodhi the group had the Heel dane offered by members of Army.
Next was a valuable sermon by Most Ven.Mankadawala Sudassana Thero on the Topic of sathara sathipattana and Meditation.
After lunch there was a Dhamma dicussion by Ven.Udugama Sarananda thero and evening members gathered to prpare the Owshada(Medicinal Herbs)Puja and Pahan Puja.
on the 3rd day group gathered near Mirisawetiya pagoda for an ‘Adhisthana puja’.
After worshiping Mirisawetiya Pagoda with wishes to Long last the Buddha Sasana the pilgrimage came to an end with a brief punyanumodana by Honarable Dr.Samadhi Rajapaksa.Mr.Lokuge and Dr.Upul Ekanayake thanked dr.samadhi for organizing such a great meritous activity on behalf of the crowd.
Me siyalu pin oba samatath anumodhan wewa!!!Sadhu ! Sadhu!
We look forward to organize an even better program next year.Dethis Maha Purusha Lakshana Awshada Puja will be an annual event from this year on wards happening on 30th June every year.
Cancer care association will be organizing Anurapura Vandana 2012 for its membership,from 29 June to 1st of July 2012.
The event is organized to allow members to worship Anuradhapura in well arranged manner with special puja activities,in order to develop ‘shraddha’ and give them a chance to practice meditation which in return generate an inavluable amount of Kusal.
A total crowd of more than 200 including 100 people from Karapitiya joined by members of Colombo and Anuradhapura expected to participate on these days.Event is organized by CCA under the perview of Honorable Dr.Samadhi Rajapakse and Dr.Upul Ekanayake.And Puja activity will be done by Dr.Samadhi Rajapakse.
29th 4.00 am Leave from Homagama
3.00 pm Atamashthan Vandana
30th 4 am Preparation of Kiripindu Dana
6 am Kiripindu Puja ,Observe Sil and Chanting,Mediation near Jayasri
2 pm Preperation of Dethismahapurusa Lakshana- Medicinal herbs
mixture with chanting of Bojjanga Sutta
4 pm Puja activity near Ruwanweli pagoda,planning to offer the Medicinal Mixture in 32 Pathra(Containers) to Lord buddha.Also Kapruk kodi Puja for the pagoda.Chanting and meditation
Anyone who wants to participate either can join CCA or participate individually to Puja activities.
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