Kathina Ceremony - 2018 at Jethavana Buddhist Vihara, Birmingham
Offering of Annual Kathina Robe for the monks at Jethavana Buddhist Vihara in Birmingham was held with the participation of venerable monks from several temples in the U.K and Sri Lanka along with a great gathering of devotees on the 28th October 2018. The ceremony had been gracefully organized under the guidance of the Most Venerable Keppetiyagoda Gunawansa Nayaka Thero, the head of both Jethavana Vihara in Birmingham and Sri Sambuddha Vihara in Liverpool and the Chief Sanghanayaka for Great Britain. Ven. Keppetiyagoda Gunawansa Nayaka Thero, Ven. Mapalagama Soratha Thero and Kahawanugoda Wimaladhamma Thero had observed the rainy retreat at the Vihara premises this year.
The ceremony was started with the offering of Buddha Puja at 11.15 am. There were 18 Venerable monks at the ceremony representing several Sri Lankan temples in the United Kingdom namely Ven. Pidiville Piyatissa Nayaka Thero, the head monk of Manchester Ketumati Buddhist Vihara with Ven. Galpottayaye Pemananda Thero and Ven. Dewunnewe Upali Thero. Ven. Theldeniyaye Amitha Thero, the head monk of Nottingham Shanthi Buddhist Vihara with Ven. Anamaduwe Wimalajeewa Thero and Ven. Nepalaye Suwachaseela Thero, Ven. Kaluaggala Saranasiri Thero from Leeds Buddhist Vihara, Ven.Thissapura Sugatharathana Thero and Ven. Meewellewe Pannathissa Thero from Liverpool Sri Sambuddha vihara. Ven. Pelwaththe Dhammananda Thero, the head monk of Bristol Buddhist Vihara with Ven. Monaragala Sumedha Thero and Ven. Dewalegama Pannyananda Thero, together with the monks residing in the temple namely Ven. Mapalagama Soratha Thero, Ven. Kahawanugoda Wimaladhamma Thero, Ven. Unapana Soratha Thero, Ven. Udunuwara Indarathana Thero and Ven. Bogambara Maithrirathana Thero.
The Kathina Robe was offered to the monks by the devotees with the heart full of devotion after the procession reminding all the participants of significant event creating a religious atmosphere of a typical Kathina ceremony in a Sri Lankan Village.
Atapirikaras and other requisites with food for the monks were offered by the devotees of Jethavana Buddhist Vihara. This year’s Kathina ceremony was sponsored by Mr. Keerthi Wanigasuriya, Mrs. Nalini Wanigasuriya with their son Dr. Kasun Wanigasuriya, the daughter Dr. Priyanka Wanigasuriya and other relatives of the family.
It is with great gratitude to all who support to make this event a success by some means or other that we transfer merits to have good health, prosperity and long life in this life and ultimately may you all attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana.
Noble Triple gem bless you all!