Jan 05, Colombo: The declaration of Buddhist scripture 'Thripitakaya' as a national heritage of Sri Lanka will be held today at the historic Aluviharaya Temple in Matale under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.
The national ceremony will be attended by 1,500 Bhikkus and thousands of lay devotees. More than 2,000 Buddhist monks are participating in religious observances at temples in the country in parallel to the Ceremony.
The Government has requested the public to hoist the Buddhist flag in government institutions, temples and houses today (05)
This initiative for this was commenced under the guidance of the Maha Sangha and the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena with the aim of properly preserving the pure Buddhism which, brought forward over thousands of years, for the benefit of the whole people in the world and the future generation.
The Thripitakaya, which was safeguarded, augmented and maintained by oral history or by word of mouth by Arahath and Bhikkus in Sri Lanka, was written in Ola Leaves in the first century BC, during the reign of King Walaganmbahu.
'The Thripitakaya' which remained in Ola Leaves for several centuries, were later printed as books in a project launched in 1956 in connection to the '2,500 Sambudha Jayanthi'.