Kathina Celebrations at Jethavana Vihara 2016
Annual Kathina robe offering for the monks at Jathavana Buddhist Vihara in Birmingham was held with the participation of a huge gathering of devotees on 16th Sunday, October 2016. The ceremony had been gracefully organized under the guidance of the Most Venerable Keppetiyagoda Gunawansa Nayaka Thera, the head both of Jethavana Vihara in Birmingham and Sri Sambuddha Vihara in Liverpool and the Chief Sanganayaka for Great Britain. Ven. Keppitiyagoda Gunawansa Thera,Ven. Mapalagama SorathaThera, Ven. Beragama Piyarathana Thero, Miwallawe Pannatissa Thero had observed the rain retreat at the Vihara this year.
The event started with the offering of Buddha Puja at 11.15am. There were Venerable monks present from various temples in Sri Lanka and United Kingdom at the ceremony including Ven. Pidiville Piyatissa Thero,the head monk of kethumati Vihara,Manchester. Ven. Galpotyaye Pemananda Thero and Ven. Udunuwara Indarathana Thero from Manchester vihara, Ven. Dodangoda Sumedha Thero from Leceister temple, Venerable Theldeniyaye Amitha thera Head Monk of Nottingham Shanti Buddhist Vihara and Ven.Thissapura Sugatharathana Thero from Sri Sambuddha viharaya, Liverpool. Ven. Panamure Rahula Thero from Letchworth Temple.
The Kathina Robe was offered to the monks by the devotees with deep devotion and perehara reminding all participants the beauty and the religious atmosphere of a typical Kathina ceremony in a Sri Lankan Village.
Atapirikara and requisites for the monks and food were offered by the members and devotees of Jetavana Buddhist Vihara. This year’s Kathina ceremony was sponsored by Mr.Manjula Gunapala & family and Dr.Thilak Rathnayake & family.