Sept 27, Colombo: The chief incumbent of the Kataragama Kiri Wehera Temple and Chancellor of the Uva Wellassa University, Most Venerable Dr. Aluthwewa Soratha Nayaka Thero has passed away today at the age of 70.
The Chief Prelate passed away while receiving treatment at a private hospital in Colombo, a spokesman said.
The sacred Kataragama Devalaya will be closed for the public from 10:30a.m. tomorrow (28) to 6:30p.m. on October 2 due to the demise of the Thero.
Dr. Aluthwewa Soratha Thera, an alumnus of Nalanda College in Colombo, obtained his PhD in 1990 from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura for the thesis 'The Sri Lankan Bodhi Culture'.