Kathina Celebrations at Birmingham Jethavana Vihara - United Kingdom - 2013
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 Sunday the 20th October 2013.
The ceremony had been gracefully organised under the guidance of the Most Venerable Keppetiyagoda Gunawansa Nayaka Thera, the head of the Vihara and the Chief Sanganayaka for Great Britain. Venerable Gunawansa Thera,Venerable Mapalagama SorathaThera, Venerable Beragama Piyarathana Thera and Tissapura Sugatharathana Thero had observed the rain retreat at the Vihara this year.
The event started with the offering of Buddha Puja at 11.15am and Sanghika Dana to the monks. There were Venerable monks present from various temples in Sri Lanka and United Kingdom at the ceremony including Chief Sanghanayake of Central Province and Chief Incumbent the most Venerable Ampitye Siriwimala Mahthera Venerable Pidiwille Piyatissa Nayaka Thera, the Head Monk of Kethumathi Buddhist Vihara Manchester as well as Ven. S. Buddharakkhita Thera Rev. Galpothayaye Pemananda Thera from the same temple. Venerable Theldeniyaye Amitha Thera Head Monk of Nottingham Shanti Buddhist Vihara Venerable Waduramba Kassapa Thera Head Monk as well as Ven. M. Pannasara Thera from Handsworth Athuladassana International Buddhist Temple, Ven. P. Piyarathana Thera Samadhi Meditation centre Edmonton.
The Kathina Robe was offered to the monks by the devotees with deep devotion and respects amidst Hewisi and Mangul Bera reminding all participants the beauty and the religious atmosphere of a typical Kathina ceremony in a Sri Lankan Village. After the offering of Kathina robe Dhamma talks were given in English by Venerable Beragama Piyarathana Thera and in Sinhala respectively by, Venerable Pidiwille Piyatissa Nayaka Thera and Venerable Theldeniyaye Amitha Thera and explaining the significance of offering a Kathina Robe.
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. Wasantha Perara, Mrs. Rita Perera & Miss Sola Perera.
Photographs and report from Jethavana Buddhist Vihara Birmingham