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Update : Hiru Uththama Daathu Wandana; Kapilawatsthu Pura sacred relics arrives in Waskaduwa. -Video
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Kapilawasthupura Sacred relics of Lord Buddha which was kept at the Gal-lalla Maha Vihara in Ratnapura will be taken to Waskaduwa Sri Suboothi temple

A large number of devotees arrived at the Gal-lalla Maha Vihara in Ratnapura to worship the Kapilawasthupura Sacred relics of Lord Buddha which also attracted millions at the Mahiyangana ancient temple.

Hiru Uththama Dhathu Wandanawa which commenced on the 15th from Mahiyangana came to an end yesterday, making history.

More than 2.5 million devotees arrived at Mahiyangana, following the invitation by Hiru TV and Hiru FM to pay homage to the sacred relics.

Chief Incumbent of the Waskaduwa Raajaguru Sri Subhoothi Viharaya at which the sacred relics are placed Ven Waskaduwe Mahindaa-bhidaana Nayaka Thera expressed sincere thanks to the ABC Media Network.

Massive crowds took part in the Hiru Uththama Dhaathu Wandanaa held along with the Hiru Shakya Singha Vesak Ceremony at the Mahiyanganaya Ancient Temple premises on the 15th.

The casket of Sacred Relics was placed in the shrine by the Chairman of the Asia Broadcasting Corporation Network Mr. Rayynor Silva.

Later the Chief incumbents of the Ancient Mahiyangana Temple Temple Venerable Urule Waththe Dhamma Rakkitha Thera expressed sincere thanks to Hiru for the rare opportunity granted to the public.

Thousands of devotees lined up by the roadsides along the route from Mahiyangana Raja Maha Vihara to Bandarawela were able to pay their homage to the sacred Relics.

A large number of devotees also worshipped the sacred relics at the Thumbagoda Sri Sudharshana Temple.

Some of them expressed their views to our news team.






Update : Sunday, 18 May 2014 - 07:12 PM
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Massive crowds to Gal-lella Maha Viharaya in Ratnapura for Hiru Uththama Daathu Wandana


A large number of devotees are arriving at the Gal-lalla Maha Vihara in Ratnapura to worship the Kapilawasthupura Sacred relics of Lord Buddha which also attracted millions at the Mahiyangana ancient temple.

Hiru Uththama Dhathu Wandanawa which commenced on the 15th from Mahiyangana came to an end yesterday, making history.

More than 2.5 million devotees arrived at Mahiyangana, following the invitation by Hiru TV and Hiru FM to pay homage to the sacred relics.

Chief Incumbent of the Waskaduwa Raajaguru Sri Subhoothi Viharaya at which the sacred relics are placed Ven Waskaduwe Mahindaa-bhidaana Nayaka Thera expressed sincere thanks to the ABC Media Network.

Thousands of devotees lined up by the roadsides along the route from Mahiyangana Raja Maha Vihara to Bandarawela were able to pay their homage to the sacred Relics.

A large number of devotees also worshipped the sacred relics at the Thumbagoda Sri Sudharshana Temple.

Update : Sunday, 18 May 2014 - 12:58
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Hiru Uththama Daathu wandana which attracted millions to be exhibited in Gallella - Ratnapura

After hundreds of thousands of devotees paid homage to Hiru Uththama Dhathu Wandana, public can now pay respects to the sacred relics at the Gal-lalla Maha Vihara in Ratnapura.

Hiru Uththama Dhathu Wandanawa which commenced on the 15th from Mahiyangana came to an end yesterday, making history.

More than 2.5 million devotees arrived at Mahiyangana, following the invitation by Hiru TV and Hiru FM to pay homage to the Kapilawasthupura Sacred relics of Lord Buddha.

This is considered to be the largest ever religious event ever in Mahiyanganaya.

Chief Incumbent of the Waskaduwa Raajaguru Sri Subhoothi Viharaya at which the sacred relics are placed Ven Waskaduwe Mahindaa-bhidaana Nayaka Thera expressed sincere thanks to the ABC Media Network.

Thousands of devotees lined up by the roadsides along the route from Mahiyangana Raja Maha Vihara to Bandarawela were able to pay their homage to the sacred Buddha Relics.

More than 100 thousand devotees were able to pay homage to the sacred relics at Sri Pushparama  Vihara in Bandarawela.

A large number of devotees also worshipped the sacred relics at the Thumbagoda Sri Sudharshana Temple.

Asia Broadcasting Corporation Network has made preparation for the procession carrying the sacred Buddha relics to arrive at the Gal-lalla Maha Vihara in Ratnapura where devotees will be able to pay their homage today.





































































































Update : Sunday, 18 May 2014 - 8:21
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Hiru Uththama Daathu Wandana writes a new page in Mahiyanaganaya's History - 2.5 Million Devotees in 2 days

After hundreds of thousands of devotees paid homage to Hiru Uththama Dhathu Wandana, the procession is currently proceeding towards Thumbagoda Sri Sudarshana Vihara, Balangoda.

Hundreds of thousands of devotees lined up by the roadsides along the route from Mahiyangana Raja Maha Vihara to Bandarawela were able to pay their homage to the sacred Buddha Relics.

More than 100,000 devotees were able to pay homage to the sacred relics at Sri Pushparama  Vihara in Bandarawela.

The Deputy Chief Adhikarana Sangha Nayaka of Uva-Wellassa districts and Chief Incumbent of Sri Pushparama vihara Venerable Pol-gam-pola Indraa-nanda Thera expressed his thanks to the Chairman and staff of Hiru media network for facilitating this event.

Hiru Uththama Dhathu Wandanawa which commenced on the 15th from Mahiyangana came to an end this morning, making history.

More than 2.5 million devotees arrived at Mahiyangana within the last two days, following the invitation by Hiru TV and Hiru FM to pay homage to the Kapilawasthupura Sacred Buddha relics.

The number of devotees who paid their homage at the Mahiyangana Vihara has been unprecedented thus far.

Hundreds of thousands of devotees paid their homage to the Kapilawasthupura sacred Buddha relics while proceeding in queues extending for kilometres, since witnessing and paying reverence to the sacred Buddha relics was indeed a rare occasion.  

Due to this reason the exposition was extended by few hours.

Asia Broadcasting Corporation Network has made preparation for the procession carrying the sacred Buddha relics to arrive at the Gal-lalla Maha Vihara in Ratnapura where devotees will be able to pay their homage.



Update : Saturday, 17 May 2014 - 7:28
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Hiru Uththama Dhathu Wandana arrives at Sri Pushparama Vihara Hundreds and thousands of devotees lined up by the road

Hiru Uththama Dhathu Wandana procession, revered by hundreds and thousands of devotees, is due to reach Bandarawela Sri Pushparama Vihara shortly.

The devotees flanking the route from the historical Mahiyangana Raja Maha Vihara to Bandarawela were able to pay their homage to the sacred relics.

According to our correspondent, more than hundred thousand devotees have already thronged at Sri Pushparama Vihara.

Hiru Uththama Dhathu Wandanawa which commenced on the 15th from Mahiyangana came to an end this morning, making history.

More than 2.5 million devotees arrived at Mahiyangana within the last two days, following the invitation by Hiru TV and Hiru FM to pay homage to the Kapilawasthupura Sacred Buddha relics.

Update : Saturday, 17 May 2014 - 3:30
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Hundred thousand throng to pay homage to Hiru Uththama Wandana in Bandarawela

The Hiru Uththama Dathu Wandana which was worshipped by millions is now reaching the Sri Pushpaa-raama Vihara in Bandarawela.

A large number of devotees gathered beside the road had also worshipped the sacred relics as they made its way from the Mahiyanganaya Ancient Temple to Sri Pushpaa-raama Vihara.

Hiru Uththama Dathu Wandana Ceremony commenced on the 15th and drew hundreds of thousands of devotees to the Mahiyangana Ancient Temple before it concluded today.

Massive crowds arrived at the temple to pay homage to the sacred relics of Lord Buddha, which is recorded as the highest in history.

Nearly 2.5 Million devotees had worshipped the sacred relics during the last 2 days alone.

People lined up in queues extending several Kilometers to experience this rare opportunity.

Due to continuous crowds that are drawing towards the Mahiyanganaya Temple premises, the Hiru Uththama Dathu Wandana was extended by another hour this morning.

The procession carrying the Sacred relics is due to arrive at Sri Pushpaa-raama Vihara in Bandarawela  and then will also reach Balangoda Thumbagoda Sri Sudharshana temple today.

Later the perahera will leave for Gal Lalla Ancient temple in Ratnapura and devotees can pay homage to the relics during the whole day tomorrow.


Update : Saturday, 17 May 2014 - 1:19
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Hiru Uththama Daathu Wandana writes a new page in Mahiyanaganaya History – 2.5 Million Devotees worship relics in 2 days

The Hiru Uththama Dathu Wandana Ceremony which drew hundreds of thousands of devotees to the Mahiyangana Ancient Temple concluded today (17).

Massive crowds arrived at the temple to pay homage to the sacred relics of Lord Buddha.

Nearly 2.5 Million devotees had worshipped the sacred relics during the last 2 days alone.

People lined up in queues extending several Kilometers to experience this rare opportunity.

Due to continuous crowds that are drawing towards the Mahiyanganaya Temple premises, the Hiru Uththama Dathu Wandana was extended by another hour this morning.

The Uththama Dathu Wandana Ceremony commenced after the Chairman of Asia Broadcasting Corporation Mr. Rayynor Silva placed the sacred relics in the relics chamber.

Minister of Irrigation and Water Management Nimal Siripala De Silva also worshipped the sacred relics and expressed his thanks to HIRU for giving people a rare opportunity.

The procession carrying the Sacred relics is due to arrive at Sri Pushpaa-raama Vihara in Bandarawela at 11 am.

The procession will also reach Balangoda Thumbagoda Sri Sudharshana temple at 3.30pm the same day.

Later the perahera will leave for Gal Lalla Ancient temple in Ratnapura and devotees can pay homage to the relics during the whole day tomorrow.


Update : Saturday, 17 May 2014 - 8:47
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1.5 million devotees pay homage to the sacred relics. Hundred thousand more to Mahiyangana to attend Hiru Uththama Dhathu Wandana

Massive crowds have arrived at the Mahiyangana Temple to pay homage to the sacred relics of the Buddha coinciding with the Hiru Uththama Dhathu Wandana Ceremony.

More than 1.5 million devotees have already worshipped the sacred relics and reports state that approximately 2 million devotees are arriving in Mahiyangana.

The Uththama Dhathu Wandana Ceremony commenced after the Chairman of Asia Broadcasting Corporation Mr. Rayynor Silva placed the sacred relics in the relic shrine.

The procession carrying the Sacred relics will leave Mahiyangana on the 17th morning and is due to arrive at Sri Pushparama Vihara in Bandarawela at 11 am.

The procession will also reach Balangoda Thumbagoda Sri Sudharshana temple at 3.30pm the same day.

Later the perahera will leave for Gal Lalla Ancient temple in Ratnapura and devotees can pay homage to the relics during the whole day on the 18th.



Update : Friday, 16 May 2014 - 9:08
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Number of devotees taking part in Hiru Uththama Dathu Wandana exceeds 1.5 million; Hundreds of Thousands more arrive at Mahiyangana sacred grounds

Hundred thousand devotees have thronged to pay homage to Kapilawastupura Sacred Buddha relics under the Hiru Uththama Dhathu Wandana programme.

About 1.5 million devotees have arrived to pay homage at the Mahiyangana Temple, while about 2 million devotees are en route to the Mahiyangana sacred site to attend the exposition.

The devotees are waiting in a queue extending as far as 6 km in order to witness and pay homage to the most sacred relics of the Buddha on this rare occasion.

Uththama Dhathu Wandana Programme commenced last morning in conjunction with Hiru Shakyasingha Mangalya after the Asia Broadcasting Corporation Networks Chairman Mr. Rayynor Silva placed the sacred relics in the relics shrine.

Sri Lankan devotees will be able to pay homage to the Kapilawastupura Sacred Buddha relics until next morning.

Meanwhile devotees who miss the opportunity would be able to witness the sacred relics later when they will be returned to the Waskaduwa Sri Subhuthi temple.

The Perahera which carries the relics will start from Mahiyangana temple Saturday early morning and it will reach Bandarawela Pushparama temple at 11am.

It will reach Balangoda Thumbagoda Sri Sudharshana temple at 3.30pm on the same day.

Later the perahera will leave for Gal Lalla Ancient temple in Ratnapura and devotees can pay homage to the relics during the whole day on the 18th.

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News Update : Friday, 16 May 2014 - 19:41
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Hundreds of thousands throng to pay homage to Hiru Uththama Dhathu Wandana

Massive crowds arrived at the Mahiyangana Temple to pay homage to the sacred relics of the Buddha coinciding with the Hiru Shakya Singha Vesak Ceremony.

The ceremony commenced after the Chairman of Asia Broadcasting Corporation Private Limited, Mr. Rayynor Silva placed the sacred relics in the relics shrine.

About hundred thousand devotees have thronged to the temple premises to pay homage to the Sacred relics.

Hiru Shakya Singha Vesak Ceremony was organized by Asia Broadcasting Corporation Private Limited led by Hiru FM and Hiru TV at the premises of the Mahiyangana Temple.

The rare Kapilawastu sacred relics were brought in procession brought from Waskaduwa Sri Subhuthi temple to the Mahiyangana ancient temple facilitating thousands of devotees to pay homage to the sacred relics.

The procession carrying the Sacred relics will commence from Mahiyangana on 17th morning and is due to arrive at Sri Pushpaa-raama Vihara in Bandarawela at 11 am.

The procession will reach Balangoda Thumbagoda Sri Sudharshana temple at 3.30pm on the same day.

Later the perahera will leave for Gal Lalla Ancient temple in Ratnapura and devotees can pay homage to the relics during the whole day on the 18th.

Update : Friday, 16 May 2014 - 12:49
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Thousands of devotees flock to Mahiyanganaya Sacred Grounds for Hiru Uththama Daathu Wandana

Massive crowds are taking part in the Hiru Uththama Dhaathu Wandanaa held along with the Hiru Shakya Singha Vesak Ceremony at the Mahiyanganaya Ancient Temple premises.

The devotees can pay homage to the rare Kapilawastu sacred relics which were brought from Waskaduwa Sri Subhuthi temple to the Mahiyangana ancient temple.

The casket of Sacred Relics was placed in the shrine by the Chairman of the Asia Broadcasting Corporation Private Limited, Mr. Rayynor Silva.

Later the Chief incumbents of the Ancient Mahiyangana Temple Temple Venerable Urule Waththe Dhamma Rakkitha Thera expressed sincere thanks to Hiru for the rare opportunity granted to the public.

Hiru Shakya Singha Vesak Ceremony organized by Hiru FM and Hiru TV under the patronage of Asia Broadcasting Corporation Private Limited began with the participation of thousands of devotees at the Mahiyangana Ancient Temple day before yesterday.

Meanwhile devotees who miss the opportunity would be able to witness the sacred relics later when they will be returned to the Waskaduwa Sri Subhuthi temple.

The Perahera which carries the relics will start from Mahiyangana temple Saturday early morning and it will reach Bandarawela Pushparama temple at 11am.

It will reach Balangoda Thumbagoda Sri Sudharshana temple at 3.30pm on the same day.

Later the perahera will leave for Gal Lalla Ancient temple in Ratnapura and devotees can pay homage to the relics during the whole day on the 18th.

Update : Friday, 16 May 2014 - 8:03
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Hundred thousands of people gather on first day of Hiru Uththama Dhathu Wandana.

Massive crowds are currently flocking to Mahiyanganaya Ancient Temple premises after Hiru Uththama Dhaathu Wandanaa held along with the Hiru Shakya Singha Vesak Ceremony commenced this morning.

The devotees can pay homage to the rare Kapilawastu sacred relics which were brought from Waskaduwa Sri Subhuthi temple to the Mahiyangana ancient temple last night.

The casket of Sacred Relics was placed in the shrine by the Chairman of the Asia Broadcasting Corporation Private Limited, Mr. Rayynor Silva.

Later the Chief incumbents of the Ancient Mahiyangana Temple and the Waskaduwe Sri Vibhuthi Temple Venerable Urule Waththe Dhamma Rakkitha Thera and Venerable Waskaduwe Mahindabhi Dhana Nayake Thera also delivered separate sermons.

The noon Buddha Pooja was offered before the Sacred Relics amid thousands of devotees today.

Indigenous Community Chieftain Uru Varige Vannile Aththo also participated in the noon Buddha Pooja and it is significant that the Chieftain offering a pooja of bee-honey before the Sacred Relics. The Kapilawasthu Sacred Relics exposition will continue until next Saturday.

Hiru Shakya Singha Vesak Ceremony organized by Hiru FM and Hiru TV under the patronage of Asia Broadcasting Corporation Private Limited began amid thousands of devotees in Mahiyangana Ancient Temple yesterday.

The Shakya Singha Vesak ceremony was commenced with a sil campaign and several spiritual and material programs including Dhamma sermons and discussion were held throughout the day.

The festival of lights was held with the participation of Chairman of Asia Broadcasting Corporation Private Limited, Mr. Rayynor Silva.

100,000 oil lamps were lit during this festival and the illumination of the Mahiyangana Chetiya was also switched on by Asia Broadcasting Corporation Network Chairman Mr. Rayynor Silva.

The Asia Broadcasting Corporation Private Limited, Chairman also offered a Buddha statue for the Mahiyangana Ancient Temple.

Meanwhile devotees who miss the opportunity would be able to witness the sacred relics later when they will be returned to the Waskaduwa Sri Subhuthi temple.

The Perahera which carries the relics will start from Mahiyangana temple in the early morning of Saturday and it will reach Bandarawela Pushparama temple at 11am.

It will reach Balangoda Thumbagoda Sri Sudharshana temple at 3.30pm on the same day.

Later the procession will leave for Gal Lalla Ancient temple in Ratnapura and devotees can pay homage to the relics during the whole day on the 18th.

Update : Thursday, 15 May 2014 - 06:56 PM
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Thousands of devotees throng at Mahiyangana to pay homage to Hiru Sacred Relics Exposition


Hiru Uththama Dhaathu Wandanaa held along with the Hiru Shakya Singha Vesak Ceremony commenced today.

The exposition of the rare Kapilawastu sacred relics which were brought from Waskaduwa Sri Subhuthi temple to the Mahiyangana ancient temple began this morning.

The Sacred Relics were placed in the chamber by the Chairman of the Asia Broadcasting Corporation Private Limited, Mr. Rayynor Silva.

Thousands of devotees were present at the Hiru Uththama Dhaathu Wandanaa as the afternoon Buddha Pooja was offered.

Indigenous Leader Uuruwarige Wannilaththo also participated in the Pooja and offered bees honey for the pooja.

The Hiru Shakya Sinha Vesak ceremony organized by Hiru FM and Hiru TV in collaboration with its parent company the Asia Broadcasting Corporation Private Limited, commenced yesterday at the ancient Mahiyangana temple.

The Hiru Shakya Sinha Vesak ceremony was inaugurated last morning followed by a sil campaign that began under the patronage of Mahiyangana Temple chief incumbent Venerable Urulaa-Waththe Dhamma Rakkitha Thera.

The Hiru festival of lights was held under the patronage of Asia Broadcasting Corporation Private Limited, Chairman Mr. Rayynor Silva.

One hundred thousand oil lamps were lit.

Also the Chaithya was lit up with glamorous lighting by Chairman of Asia Broadcasting Corporation Mr. Rayynor Silva, who later also offered a Buddha statue to the Mahiyanganaya Rajamaha Viharaya.

Hiru FM and Hiru TV together with its parent company Asia Broadcasting Corporation Private Limited invite all Sri Lankans to join them in their meritorious deeds.

In addition, devotees who miss this grand opportunity would be able to view the sacred relics later when they are returned to the Waskaduwa Sri Subhuthi temple next Saturday.

Similarly thousands of devotees participated in the Hiru Shakya Sinha Vesak ceremony held in the premises of the Kiri Vehera in Kataragama last year.

The Perahera carrying the relics will begin from Mahiyangana temple early Saturday morning and will reach Bandarawela Pushparama temple at 11am.

It will reach Balangoda Thumbagoda Sri Sudharshana temple at 3.30pm the same day.

Later the procession will leave for Gal Lalla Ancient temple in Ratnapura and devotees can pay homage to the relics during the whole day on the 18th.



Update : Thursday, 15 May 2014 - 13:00
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Massive crowds flock to Mahiyanganaya for Hiru Uththama Dhaathu Wandanaa

Hiru Uththama Dhaathu Wandanaa held along with the Hiru Shakya Singha Vesak Ceremony commenced today (15).

The exposition of the rare Kapilawastu sacred relics which were brought from Waskaduwa Sri Subhuthi temple to the Mahiyangana ancient temple began this morning.

The Sacred Relics were placed in the chamber by the Chairman of the Asia Broadcasting Corporation Private Limited, Mr. Rayynor Silva.

Thousands of devotees are arriving for the Hiru Uththama Dhaathu Wandanaa and the Shakya Sinha Vesak ceremony.

Update : Thursday, 15 May 2014 - 12:31
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HIRU Uththama Dhaathu Wandanaa commences at historic Mahiyanganaya Temple

The Hiru Shakya Sinha Vesak ceremony organized by Hiru FM and Hiru TV in collaboration with its parent company the Asia Broadcasting Corporation Private Limited, commenced yesterday at the ancient Mahiyangana temple.

Thousands of devotees are currently participating in the Shakya Sinha Vesak ceremony which will continue until the 17th.

The Hiru Shakya Sinha Vesak ceremony was inaugurated last morning followed by a sil campaign that began under the patronage of Mahiyangana Temple chief incumbent Venerable Urulaa-Waththe Dhamma Rakkitha Thera.

The Hiru festival of lights was held under the patronage of Asia Broadcasting Corporation Private Limited, Chairman Mr. Rayynor Silva.

One hundred thousand oil lamps were lit.

Also the Chaithya was lit up with glamorous lighting by Chairman of Asia Broadcasting Corporation Private Limited, Mr. Rayynor Silva, who later also offered a Buddha statue to the Mahiyanganaya Rajamaha Viharaya.

Meanwhile the exposition of the rare Kapilawastu sacred relics which were brought from Waskaduwa Sri Subhuthi temple to the Mahiyangana ancient temple began today.

Hiru FM and Hiru TV together with its parent company Asia Broadcasting Corporation Private Limited, invite all Sri Lankans to join them in their meritorious deeds.

In addition, devotees who miss this grand opportunity would be able to view the sacred relics later when they are returned to the Waskaduwa Sri Subhuthi temple next Saturday.

Similarly thousands of devotees participated in the Hiru Shakya Sinha Vesak ceremony held in the premises of the Kiri Vehera in Kataragama last year.

The Perahera carrying the relics will begin from Mahiyangana temple early Saturday morning and will reach Bandarawela Pushparama temple at 11am.

It will reach Balangoda Thumbagoda Sri Sudharshana temple at 3.30pm the same day.

Later the procession will leave for Gal Lalla Ancient temple in Ratnapura and devotees can pay homage to the relics during the whole day on the 18th.


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