Elections to the Local Sasanarakshaka Board were scheduled to be held on February 23, 2021, but due to unavoidable circumstances, the election of several Regional Sasanarakshaka Boards could not be held.
Based on that situation, the district Sasanarakshaka election scheduled to be held on March 23 will not be held on that day. The election of the District Sasanarakshaka Board is scheduled to be held on April 06 under the auspices of the District Secretaries.
The Supreme Leader of the Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Nikaya, Dhammapala Wanshalankara Saddharma Keerthi Sri Tripitaka Visharada Keerthi Sri Sasana Sobhana Sri Sumangala Vidyawatansa Aggamaha Panditha Most Venerable Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thero
Born on January 26, 1933, to planters Adavitharana Haramanis Rodrigo and Celestina Rodrigo, who lived in the village of Kotugoda, Gampaha, our protagonist was Ven. Educated at the Parama Dhamma Chethiya Pirivena Sevana in Ratmalana, Ven. Kotugoda Thero entered the Vidyodaya Maha Pirivena at Maligakanda in 1952.
Eventually, the Dhamma sermons of Kotugoda Thero were heard throughout Cyril as the name of a wise Dharmadhara Bhikkhu. It did not take long for our leader to become very popular, giving a new meaning to the existing style of preaching. After the demise of his Guru Thero on 14th May 1967, Ven. Kotugoda Thero, who became the Chief Incumbent of Mount Lavinia Dharmapalarama, soon renovated all the temples to the delight of the devotees.
The Sri Lanka Amarapura Sangha Sabha conferred on him the title of Supreme Mahanayake of the Kotugoda Dhammapala Nayaka Thero due to his religious role as the Mahanayake Thero of the Amarapura Chapter of the Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Nikaya and his patriarchal characteristics. I express my deepest condolences on the demise of the Venerable Kotugoda Mahanayake Thero, who preached the Dhamma to all the people of the world, not only to the island of Sri Lanka, but also to all the people on the subject of the understanding of life, human virtues and the achievement of the world. May the Most Venerable Kotugoda Dhammawasa Maha Nayaka Thero receive Ama Maha Nivansapa.
The Ministry of Education has already informed that the schools for all grades in the Western Province will be opened on 19.04.2021. Accordingly, it has been decided with the consent of the All Ceylon Sasanarakshaka Board to start Dhamma Schools in the Western Province on 25.04.2021.