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Sanath's Daughter Yalindi's 10th Birthday
 
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Secretary, Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa graced the annual 'Unduvap Maha Perahera' (the Procession of Unduvap) of the Sri Vijayanandanaramaya Temple in Rathmaldeniya, Pannipitiya as the Chief Guest yesterday (14th Dec).

The name of Theri Sanghamitta, a role-model for all woman kind was celebrated throughout the island by holding traditional Unduvap Processions remembering the establishment of the order of nuns (Bhikkuni Sasana) and the arrival of Boo Tree Sapling under the patronage of the Emperor Asokha. Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi of Anuradhapura is today considered not only as the oldest tree in the world, but also as the only sacred tree in the world which has an authentic history.

It was the 15th consecutive Unduvap Maha Procession which held under the directives of the Chief Prelate of the temple, Venerable Pidaligannawela Pagnanaseeha thero.

The mega procession replete with elephants adorned with lavish garments, traditional local dances such as fire-dances, whip-crackers, Kandyan dances and various other cultural displays saw a gathering of over 600 devotees in area.

On every Unduvap Full Moon Poya day, Sri Lankan Buddhists commemorates the great service of Arhat Sanghamitta, participating in religious activities in this calibre.