Kathina Celebrations at Jethavana Vihara 2014
Annual Kathina robe offering for the monks at Jathavana Buddhist Vihara in Birmingham was held with the participation of a huge gathering of devotees on Sunday the 12th October 2014. The ceremony had been gracefully organised under the guidance of the Most Venerable Keppetiyagoda Gunawansa Nayaka Thera, the head of the Vihara and theChief Sanganayaka for Great Britain. Venerable Gunawansa Thera,Venerable Mapalagama SorathaThera, Tissapura Sugatharathana Thero had observed the rain retreat at the Vihara this year.
The event started with the offering of Buddha Puja at 11.15am. There were Venerable monks present from various temples in Sri Lanka and United Kingdom at the ceremony including Ven.Pidiville Pyatissa thero,the head monk of kethumati vihara,Manchester. Ven.Galpotyaye Pemananda thero and Ven.Pannala Sumana thero from Manchester vihara.Ven.Nilpanagoda Anoma Nayaka thero from Samadhi meditation centre, Edmonton. Ven. Wakamulle Uditha thero from Letchworth Buddhist viharaya .Ven.Maldeniye Chandaloka thero from Leceister temple, Venerable Theldeniyaye Amitha thera Head Monk of Nottingham Shanti Buddhist Vihara Venerable and Ven.Beragama Piyarathana thero from sri sambuddha viharaya, Liverpool.
The Kathina Robe was offered to the monks by the devotees with deep devotion and perehara reminding all participants the beauty and the religious atmosphere of a typical Kathina ceremony in a Sri Lankan Village. After the offering of kathina robe Dhamma Sermon were given in English by Venerable Beragama Piyarathana Thera and in Sinhala respectively by, Venerable Pidiwille Piyatissa Nayaka Thera and Venerable Theldeniyaye Amitha Thera and explaining the significance of offering a Kathina Robe. Atapirikara and requisites for the monks and food were offered by the members and devotees of Jetavana Buddhist Vihara. This year's Kathina ceremony was sponsored by Mr.Kamal Siriwardhana and his family, Mr.Sugath Jayasinghe and his family.