The Chief Secretary of the Ramanna Nikaya states that most Venerable Napana Premasiri Thero has been appointed as the acting Mahanayaka of the Ramanna Maha Nikaya,
The decision was taken by the Committee of the Supreme Council of the Ramanna Chapter which gathered at the Meerigama Divisional Secretariat this morning.
Premasiri Thero, the Chief Incumbent of Menikhinna Vidyasagara Pirivena, fills the post left vacant following the death of Most Venerable Weweldeniye Medhalankara Thero.
At the time of his death Most Venerable Vevaldeniya Medhalankara Thero was 103 years of age and was appointed as the Mahanayeke of the Ramanna sect in year 1998.
Meanwhile the final rights of Most Venerable Vevaldeniya Medhalankara Thero
is scheduled to take place at 3 p.m. this evening with full state honours at the grounds of the Meerigama National School.
The remains of the thero are currently lying at the Shashanarama piriwena located in Meerigama, Gampaha.
All liquor outlets will be shut in lieu of the cremation ceremony which has been slated to take place this evening.