Receiving an award from the Diyawadana Nilame Dela Bandara
Today was special day as it started with a 'Kiri Puja' to the Holy Tooth Relic at the Dalada Maligawa where we gifted a piece of land in Anuradhapura to the Temple. It is a very unique piece of land on the banks of Thisawewa with scenery that includes three stupas. I was honoured to receive an award from the Diyawadana Nilame Dela Bandara, and then visited and received the blessings from the Chief Priests at Malwatte as well as Asgiriya. In the evening we had a Piritha inside the Maligawa with a Gilan Passa puja attended by the Asgiriya Chief Priest.This is one of the lovliest Aluth Avuruddu's I have celebrated.
Diyawadana Nilame is the office of chief lay custodian of Temple of the Tooth, Kandy, Sri Lanka. Formerly an office of the Royal household, today it remains a prestigious position, enriched with over two thousand years of history to safeguard and carry out ancient rituals for the most sacred Relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Diyawadana Nilame has the responsibility of overseeing of all aspects of the Sri Dalada Maligawa. He has the traditional duty of organizing the annual pageant, the Kandy Esala Perahera. The current Diyawadana Nilame is Pradeep Nilanga Dela.
Prior to 1815, during the Kandyian monarchy, the Diyawadana Nilame was a minister of the royal court tasked with supplying the King with water and carrying out the ancient rituals to ensure rain during correct seasons. This duty is still carried out by the Diyawadana Nilame for the most sacred Relic of the tooth of the Buddha, marked by the water cutting ceremony on the final day of the Esala Perahera.