Katina Celebrations 2010

Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester at Oldham celebrated the 11th annual Katina Maha Pinkama on Sunday 7th. November at the Polish Centre. The sponsorship of the Katina ceremony was led by Mr.Anura and Dr.(Mrs.) Deepika Wijayasiri , Dr. Padmasiri and Dr.(Mrs.) Sunitha Perera and Mr.Senaka and Dr.(Mrs.) Dora Perera.

A gathering of 12 members of the sangha from all parts of the country attended the ceremony. Rev. Pidiville Piyatissa the chief incumbent of Ketumati Vihara who conducted the ceremony was assisted by Rev.Siyambalapitiye  Buddharakitha from Anuradhapura Sri Lanka, the two resident monks at Ketumati Vihara and the invitee priests. Priests from Leicester Buddhist Vihara, Birmingham Buddhist Maha Vihara, Letchworth Buddhist Temple and Scotland's Buddhist Vihara graced the occasion. A gathering of about 300 persons attended the ceremony. A Sangika Dana preceded the presentation of the Katina Cheevara.

Rev. Buddharakitha gave a profound Dhamma Sermon on the essence of Buddha's teachings in sinhala and it was then translated in English by Rev. Amitha from Leicester Buddhist Vihara.

Following the presentation of the Katina Cheevara the traditional Robe Offering ceremony was conducted by Ven. Kamburavala Revatha (Head monk of Scotland Buddhist Vihara). 'MANGALA SUTTA' was then recited by Upasaka Dhammika (Duncan Fisher) from Kendal Buddhist Group and was followed by a translation in English. A certificate for becoming Upasika by observing five precepts and undertaking three refuges was also awarded to Upasika Sumana (Frances Townsend) again from Kendal Buddhist Group. Rev. Pidiville Piyatissa then presented certificates to senior Dhamma School students who successfully passed final year exams. The proceedings were brought to a close with a vote of thanks made by Lahiru Wijayasiri.

Following are some snapshots (click to expand) from the event.

Buddha Puja

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Lighting of Oil Lamp

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Maha Sangha

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Offering of Chivara 2

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Offering of Pirikara

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Presentation of Certificates

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