COLOMBO (NewsRadio); The final rites of the late Most Venerable Dodampahala Chandrasiri thera will be performed under state honours this afternoon.
The Ministry of Buddhasasana said the final rites will be performed at the Independence Square at 3pm.
The remains of the Mahanayake Thera lie at the Gothama Thapowanaya in Rajagiriya and the cortege will leave the temple at 1pm.
Chief Prelate of the Amarapura Chapter Most Venerable Dodampahala Chandrasiri thera passed away on Tuesday (16) at the age of 84.
Venerable Dodampahala Chandrasiri thera passed away while receiving treatment at a Sri Jayewardenepura hospital.
Most Venerable Dodampahala Chandrasiri thera was named the Chief Prelate of the Amarapura Chapter in July 2021.
Most Venerable Dodampahala Chandrasiri was born on the 20th of December, 1939 in Dodampahala in the Southern Province.
The household name of the thera was Ediriweera Patabandige Sugunadasa who received his early school education at Dodampahala Central High School.
The thera entered the monkhood at the age of 11 in November 1950 at the Walukarama Monastery in Kudawella, and received his early monastic education at the Wiraba Pirivena, Matara and at the Vidyaloka Pirivena, Galle.
The Venerable Thera received his higher admission (upasampada) on the 17th of June 1962 in Matara.
Meanwhile, the Chief Incumbent of the Devinuwara Raja Maha Viharaya, Venerable Devinuwara Siri Sunanda Thera has been named as the Acting Chief Prelate of the Amarapura Kalyanawansa Chapter.
The decision has been taken by the Executive Committee of the Amarapura Kalyanawansa Chapter following the demise of Chief Prelate of the Amarapura Chapter Most Venerable Dodampahala Chandrasiri thera.