The offering of the southern ornate gold door that leads to the shrine room of the Sri Dalada Maligawa was performed under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa on July 14.
The President Rajapaksa also visited the Malwathu Vihare where he called on the Maha Nayaka of the Malwatta Chapter Most Venerable Thibbatuwawe Sumangala Thera and offered Pirikara.
President Rajapaksa was accompanied by the First lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa, Governor of the Central province Tikiri Kobbekaduwa and Diyawadana Nilame Nilanga Dela.
Meanwhile the Chief Incumbent of the Kotamudungala Raja Maha Vihare in Molagoda Ven. Hingulwala Saranankara Thera handed over a casket of relics to the President at the Presidentís House in Kandy to be enshrined in the Sanda Hiru Seya in Anuradhapura. They also exchanged views about the development work carried out in Kandy. Anunayaka Thera of the Malwatta Chapter Ven. Niyangoda Wijithasiri Thera was also present.
The prestigious Ehelepola Maha Adikaram Walauwa had been part of the Bogambara prison to date. However, now considering its historical and archeological value, steps have been taken by the government to preserve and protect the Walauwa. The Sannasparthrya signifying the vesting of the Walauwa was handed over to President Mahinda Rajapaksa by Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Minister Chandrasiri Gajadeera at ceremony at the Walauwa premises in Kandy on Saturday.
Addressing the gathering the President said the creativity the inmates in the country's prisons possess should be harnessed to make a positive contribution to the society.
He said the inmates of the prisons are a creative lot and they should be provided with the required facilities to improve their talents and seek their contribution to the country's economy.