of 40 years
Illumination of Mihintale
As the whole country prepares to commemorate Poson which marks the
2310th anniversary of the advent of Arahat Mahinda Thera to Sri Lanka
the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd has come forward to sponsor the
Mihintale Aloka Pooja pinkama for the 40th year.
ANCL (Lake House) which inherits this 40 year service of performing
the Mihintale Aloka Pooja is now in a mature stage after passing an
important crossroad in its important journey.
History reveals that the annual perahera and Mihintale Aloka Pooja
had been held with appropriate pomp and pageantry down the ages from the
time of Sinhala kings to pay homage to Arahat Mahinda Thera.
Mihintale which was in a state of neglect following foreign invasions
was given a new lease of life with the renewal of the Aloka Pooja 40
years ago. The late Viharadhipati of the Mihintale Raja Maha Viharaya
Ven. Walawahengunawewe Ratanapala Ratanajoti Nayaka Thera and the late
D. R. Wijewardene should be remembered with gratitude as the pioneering
people who made this possible.
Although the country intermittently went
through certain dark periods politically thereafter, Lake House has
worked indomitably to conduct the Aloka Pooja without interruption, and
this should be highly appreciated by the Sri Lankan Buddhist public.
However it is regrettable to note that while one section is trying to
work hard for the development and uplift of Mihintale in this manner
another section is trying to obstruct their path and bring about the
deterioration of Mihintale. It is in this context that the meritorious
services rendered by ANCL (Lake House) in conducting the Mihintale Aloka
Pooja becomes highly appreciable.
I also take this opportunity to convey my gratitude and thanks to the
Ceylon Electricity Board for the sponsorship given to this Aloka Pooja
Pinkama and other Government Departments, institutions and voluntary
bodies helping to make the Poson celebrations at Mihintale a success.
Steps taken by ANCL (Lake House) to bring about a social and cultural
reawakening in the Mihintale area in conjunction with the Mihintale
Aloka Pooja speaks volumes for the grandeur and significance of this
Hospitals, pre-schools and education as a whole and
community centres have benefited much due to the munificence of ANCL and
these should be considered as great victories achieved by us.
As the followers of the pristine pure dhamma inherited by Arahat
Mahinda Thera we must firmly resolve on this Poson Poya day to protect
and safeguard Mihintale which helped us to get this dhamma message
While wishing ANCL (Lake House) all strength to continue this
Mihintale Aloka Pooja and attendant development activities in Mihintale
in future, I conclude this message by wishing Buddhists in Sri Lanka and
throughout the world a happy and peaceful Poson.
Ven. Namalwewe Dharmakeerthi Sri Ratanajoti Ratanasara Nayake
Mihintale Raja Maha Viharaya and Chief Deputy Adhikarana Sanghanayake of