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Giving preference to both amisa & prathipaththi pooja, Buddhists islandwide celebrate the dawn of vesak today.

According to our provincial correspondents devotees are said to have congregated in temples since the break of dawn today.

The state Vesak festival which will mark the closure of 2600th sambuddhatwa jayanthi, will commence under the auspices of president mahinda rajapaksa at 3 PM tomorrow before the historic temple of the tooth.

A large number of Clergy as well as lay devotees are due to partake in this ceremony.

However it was noted by our provincial correspondents that a large number of devotees had flocked to the historic temple of the tooth within the course of today.

Meanwhile, Police media spokesperson SP Ajith Rohana requests of the public to adhere to police advice when entering Colombo & its suburbs in view of Vesak.

According to SP Ajith Rohana security measures as well as traffic plans in this regard have already been implemented.

These were the views expressed to our news team by SP Ajith Rohana.

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