Sept 08, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena offered a tusker elephant named Pulatisi Raja, a gift from Myanmar to the President to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) in Kandy, today (08).
The President who visited Kandy today, first paid homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic and secured blessings.
Later, the President presented the Scroll which contains the offering of the Tusker elephant to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, to the Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilanga Dela during a ceremony held at the historic Magul Maduwa.
Myanmar donated the tusker to Sri Lanka responding to a request made by the President to State Counsellor of Myanmar and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi when he attended the BRICS-BIMSTEC outreach summit held in Goa, India.
This 24 year old elephant named "Pan Shwe Maung" in Myanmar is 8 feet high. He arrived from Myanmar on August 18, and was kept in a special enclosure within the premises of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
After donation of the Tusker elephant to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic the President offered fruits to the elephant.
President Sirisena also presented awards to the two Myanmar mahouts.