A religious ceremony was held to place the Sacred Relics in the hemispherical dome of the Sandahiru Seya in Anuradhapura yesterday (Nov. 23) under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa amidst blessings from thousands of devotees.
The ceremony took place with the participation of 6,500 members of the Maha Sangha and thousands of devotees, clad in white.
A seven day Pirith chanting ceremony was also held at the site to invoke blessings to mark the placing of the Sacred Relics at the Sandahiru Seya.
The Sandahiru Seya, which is 285 feet in height and 255 feet wide, is being constructed by members of the three Armed Forces and Civil Defence Force in the historic Anuradhapura city near the southern entrance of the Sri Maha Bodhi and opposite the Sarananda Pirivena.
Under a concept of President Rajapaksa, the Government has planned to erect the monumental stupa as a symbol of victory and a token of appreciation to the noble services and sacrifices made by personnel of the Armed Forces and Police during the humanitarian operations to defeat terrorism and bring peace to the country.
It is estimated that approximately 30 million bricks (16x8x2"), 9.5 million kilograms of lime, 50,000 cubes of granite (6"x9"), 20,000 cubes ABC (granite powder) and 130,000 bags of cement are required for the entire project. Thirty million bricks and 40,000 bags of cement will be needed for the construction of the Sandahiru Stupa, which gives due recognition to the memory of the War Heroes who defended the country.