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Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared open the 'Mindful Kids' new Montessori Building Complex of the Sri Dharmapala Maha Pirivena situated in Bellana yesterday (7th December).

The ceremony was organized by the Chief Prelate of the Pirivena Most Venerable Malewana Punnarathana Thero.

Sri Dharmapala Maha Pirivena in Bellana was commenced in 1914 with the initiative of the Most Venerable Raththotuwila Sri Sobhitha Thero with four novice monks. It is very sensible to mention that the Sri Dharmapala Maha Pirivena is a benchmark of its journey towards Bhikku education having over 100 Bhikku students and novice monks today.

Meanwhile, Mr. Rajapaksa inspected the construction work of the 'Sangha Wasa' (living quarters of clergy) which he had laid the foundation stone last year during a ceremony organized to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the legendary Pirivena. The new Sangha Wasa that is being constructed would fulfill a long felt necessity of the Maha Pirivena.

Accordingly, Civil Engineering staff of the Sri Lanka Air-Force has been assigned the construction duties.

Chief Sangha Nayake for U.K Ven. Kamburawala Rewatha thero presided over the religious observances and invoked blessings on the country during the session.

Venerable Maha Sanga including the resident Bhikkus of the Pirivena, Minister of Plantation Industries Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe, Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal Kolitha Gunatilleke, devotees, students and a large gathering of villagers were present at the event.