Three 'Katina Cheevara Poojas’ held by Dr. Thambugala
As a devout Buddhist, Dr. Chandika Viranjith Thambugala, chairman of 'Aura Lanka' had engaged in a host of religious activities to mark the end of the traditional 'Vas' retreat observed by Buddhist monks during the rainy season.
The 'Katina Cheevara Pooja’ is mentioned in scriptures as one of the noblest and meritorious ritual or pious acts that one can perform in life, and is considered one of the Great Eight Merits in Buddhism.
Since the days of ancient kings, it has been the tradition to cultivate cotton, spin yarn and use the cotton cloth woven from yarn to sew the Cheevara (Bhikkus' robe) and offer it to the Maha Sangha. Today, however, a deviation from the old rituals can be seen with one or several taking over the responsibility of the 'Katina Pooja' which is held on a grand scale as it is an event that befalls only once a year.
In 2020, Dr. Thambugala initiated not just one but three Katina Cheevara Poojas in the country. These poojas were held at the Udawatta Sri Sadharma Nikethanaramaya in Malabe, the Sri Vijabodhi Rajarama Temple in Kala Oya and at the Kelipanawala Temple in Koslanda, Wellawaya.
Since the Katina Cheevara Pooja holds a most revered position in the hearts of Buddhists and is no simple task, Dr. Thambugala was considered as extremely blessed to be able to successfully hold three such poojas in the same year.