The Most Venerable Kusaladhamma Nayaka Thero of Welamitiyawe passes away

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The Chief Incumbent of the Malwathu Maha Viharaya of the Maha Viharaya, Dr.

He was born on 20 February 1937 in the village of Welamitiyawa, Dambadeniya Udukaha North Korale, Devamedi Hathpattu in the Kurunegala District of the North Western Province as Palihawadana Arachchilage Tikiri Bandara.

The prince was ordained on January 7, 1954 along with nine other youths by the then Chief Incumbent of the Kiriwattuduwa Sri Pranagnasara Nayaka Thera with a doctorate degree.

At that time, the young Kusaladhamma Thero received a great deal of support from the Ven. Upon reaching the age of majority, Ven. The Thera who presided over the Vidyalankara Parivena rendered invaluable service to the Sasana of this country from then until his death.

It was with great satisfaction that our leader, who had an eloquent sermon, accepted invitations to sermons from all over the island. Everywhere and everywhere his smiling face shone in the midst of the scholars.
The heart of the prelate, who lived a simple life, giving everything he received to others and giving the highest hospitality to all who came to him, was full of kindness, melting in the sorrows of others. The Chief Prelate of the Malwathu Maha Viharaya, Chilaw, Colombo, was conferred with the title of Aggamaha Saddhamma Jothika Dhoja by the Government of Burma.
He was also the Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya. Pilgrimage to Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura every month was a custom in the life of Kusaladhamma Thero of Welamitiya.

We wish the Most Venerable Welamitiyawe Kusaladhamma Nayaka Thero, who has served as one of the great Theras in charge of the Sasana of Sri Lanka with such immense virtues, to attain Nirvana with the glorious Bodhi.

Commenting on the government’s official website in this regard, Professor Pactrick Ratnayake of the University of Kelaniya said that the last rites of the Venerable Thero will be announced later.

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