Sri Saddhatisa International Buddhist Centre
observed the 27th Anniversary of the passing
away of the Most Venerable Dr. Hammalawa
Saddhatissa Nayaka Thero with an all-night
pirith chanting ceremony on Saturday 18th
February 2017 and Heel Dana on Sunday 19th
The programme began with the Buddha Pujava
conducted by Ven. Uduwe Dhammaloka Thero at
7.00PM on the 18th. The Paritta chanting
began at 8.00PM.
Aggamahapandita Ven. Galayaye Piyadassi MBE,
Head of SSIBC and Chief Sangha Nayaka of the
UK made opening remarks about the
significance of the occasion and then
introduced the rest of the Maha Sangha
present and participating in the ceremony.
They were:Ven. Kongasdeniye Ananda Nayaka
Thero, Head of Dhammacakka Vihara, Paris;
Ven. Murungasyaye Gnanissara Nayaka Thero,
Head of Jetavana Buddha Vihara, Paris; Ven.
Dr. Handupelpola Mahinda Nayaka Thero,
SSIBC,Ven. Dr. Akuratiye Nanda Nayaka Thero,
Chief Sanghanayaka of Western Province,
Former Vice Chancellor of Buddhist and Pali
University; Ven. Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka
Thero, Head of London Buddhist Vihara, Chief
Sanghanakaya of Britain;Ven. Dr.
Witharandeniye Kassapa Nayaka Thero, Head of
Birmingham Maha Vihara;Ven. Prof. Deegalle
Mahinda Thero,Director / Study of Religions,
Bath Spa University; Ven. Uduwe Dhammaloka
Nayaka Thero, Head of Alan Matiniyaramaya,
Sri Lanka;Ven. Makure Mangala Nayaka Thero,
Head of Lumbini Buddha Vihara, East
London;Ven. Dr. Kabalewe Sirisumana Nayaka
Thero, Lumbini Buddha Vihara, East
London;Ven. Dediyawela Wimala Nayaka Thero,
Head of Letchworth Buddha Vihara;Ven.
Gunnepane Sumanarama Nayaka Thero, Head of
Samadhi Buddha Vihara, Edmonton;Ven.
Teldeniye Amitha Nayaka Thero, Head of
Shanthi Vihara, Nottingham;Ven. Mapalagama
Soratha Thero, Jetavana Buddha Vihara,
Birmingham;Ven. Akurala Samitha Nayaka Thero,
Head of Dhammanikethanaya Buddha Vihara,
Letchworth;Ven. Wanduramba Kassapa Nayaka
Thero, Head of Athuladassana Buddha Vihara,
Heathrow; Ven. Tissapura Sugataratana Thero,
Sri Sambuddha Vihara, Liverpool;Ven.
Dodampahala Wipulasiri Thero, Montreal,
Canada;Ven. Mathugama Palitha Thero, Glasgow
Buddha Vihara, Scotland;Ven. Konwewe
AriyaratanaThero London Buddhist Vihara; Ven.
Ragama Sugathananda Thero, Maha Vihara,
Birmingham;Ven. Ratnapure Nandaloka Thero,
Maha Vihara, Birmingham;Ven. Uluwitike
Bodhiseeha Thero, Head of Kachchiwatta
Purana Viharaya, Galle, Sri Lanka;Ven. Nepal
Sumana, SSIBC;Ven. Nepal Tissa, SSIBC; Ven.
Godamunne Piyananda, SSIBC; Ven. Galayaye
Dhammadassi, SSIBC. The Anusasanavas were
given by Ven. Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka
Thero and Ven.Kongasdeniye Ananda Nayaka
large crowd present in the refurbished new
hall of the SSIBC were surprised to see the
large numbers of Maha Sangha present on this
occasion. They were also amazed to witness
such a colourful and intricately designed
Pirith Mandapaya, the creation of the
well-known master craftsman, Mr Jayaratne
Bandara assisted by capable devotees like Mr
Gunaratne Araliya, Mr Indika Munasinghe, Mr
Indika Singappuli and many others. The
devotees also prepared a sumptuous meal
afterwards and during the night- The heel
Dana on the 19th was also well organised.
After the Dana the transfer of merits
ceremony took place with the nephew of the
late Ven. Hammalawa Saddhatisaa Nayaka Thero,
Mr Nihal Bannaheka participating with
Aggamahapandita Galayaye Piydassi Thero.
Mano Warnapala, Counsellor Consular Affairs
and Events of the High Commission and other
officials of the High Commission, Mr Nalin
Perera, Public Relations Officer of the
Ceylon Tourist Board, Bank of Ceylon
Officials Sri Lankan Airlines Officials were
present at the Pirith chanting.
arrangements were coordinated by Mr
Sumanasiri Rankothge, Mr Araliya Gunaratne,
Mrs Ramya Jayawardena, Mr and Mrs Manju
Wickremarathchi, Mr and Mrs Sriya Weerakoon,
Ms Vinitha Talpawila, MrsNita Gurusinghe, Ms
Susantha Mudalige and other devotees.
Aggamahapandita Ven. Galayaye Piyadassi
Sangha Nayaka Thero was extremely pleased
with all the arrangements and profusely
thanked the Dayakayas for their loyalty and