annual Katina Ceremony of Ketumati Buddhist
Vihara – Manchester was held on Sunday the
13th November amidst a large gathering of
devotees, under the very able guidance of
the Head Monk of the Vihara the Most Ven .Pidiville
Piyathissa Maha Thero. This was the 17th
Kathina Ceremony of the Ketumati Buddhist
Vihara and this year’s Kathina ceremony was
sponsored by Dr. Wilson Ranawikrama, Mrs.
Pushpa Ranawikrama family together with Dr.
Sarath Perera and Mr Kusal Ariyawansa
The ceremony was attended by 10 Buddhist
monks from both Sri Lankan and Thai Buddhist
temples in the area. The Head Monk of
Wolverhampton Thai temple The Most Ven Maha
Samboon Thero presided the participating
monks along with Ven. Abhisanpasanno ,Ven.
Theldeniyaye Amittha Thero, the head monk of
Santhi Buddhist Vihara in Nottingham,
Mapalagama Soratha Thero,Tissapura
Sugatharathana Thero, Panamure Rahula Thero
from Birmingham Jethavana Vihara and Ven
Phra Maha Phurimedhee from the Thai temple
The two resident monks of Kethumati Buddhist
Vihara, Ven Galpottayaye Pemananda Thero and
Udunuwara Indarathana Thero guided the
devotees from the very beginning to make
sure the smooth running of the programme
scheduled for the day under the watchful eye
of Ven Pidiville Piyatissa thero.
The ceremony started with the magnificent
Katina procession organized by the students,
teachers and the parents of the three Dhamma
schools lead by Ketumati Buddhist Vihara in
Manchester ,Stoke On Trent and Leeds.
Religious activities of the morning session
started with the welcome speech by most
Ven.Pidiwille Piyatissa Maha Thero, the head
monk of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara and
administering of five precepts by Ven.
Tissapura Sugatharathana Thero leading to
the offering of Sanghika Dana and
Soon after receiving Dana by the monks, the
afternoon session was started by the
offering of “Kathina Civara” (robe) and it
was conducted by Ven. Teldeniyaye Amitha
Thero from Nottingham Shanthi Buddhist
Vihara. He delivered a Dhamma sermon in
Sinhala signifying the importance of the
“Vassana retreat” and the sermon in English
was delivered by Ven. Udunuwara Indarathana
Thero targeting the very young devotees of
Ketumati Buddhist Vihara again delivering
the importance of the ‘Vassana Retreat”.
With the vote of thanks by Ven.Galpottayaye
Pemananda Thero of Kethumati Buddhist Vihara
, and blessings by the Mahasangha, the 2nd
Annual Katina ceremony held at the new
Vihara premises was concluded around 1.30 pm
with lunch served to everybody who joined
the religious activities of the Kathina
This is the 17th Kathina Ceremony and the
Kathina Cevara offered to the Maha Sangha by
Dr. Wilson and Mrs. Pushpa Ranawikrama
family together with Dr. Sarath Perera and
Mr Kusal Ariyawansa.