Nay Pyi Taw December 28
The opening ceremony of the kitchen chamber of New Star Light five-story Anandagonye Monastery was held in conjunction with a merit-sharing ceremony of the monastery archway and the ninth Maha Kathina robe offering ceremony at Maha Thondara Yama Pariyatti Teaching Monastery in Tagundine Ward, Pyigyitagon Township, Mandalay District, Mandalay Region, this morning for the propagation of Buddha Sasana and religious activities of the country.
Present on the occasion were Mandalay Phayagyitaik Atulakari Hsinmin Monastery Abbot State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee Vice Chairman Abhidaja Maha Rathaguru Bhaddanta Ohvasa and members of the Sangha, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win and wife Daw Than Than Nwe, Lt-Gen Tun Tun Naung of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army) and wife, former Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham and wife, Lt-Gen Tin Aye (Retd), senior military officers from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army), the commander of Central Command, donors, invited persons and local people.
The ceremony was opened with a three-time recitation of Namaw Tassa and Pianist Hsan Win sang the classical song ‘Htoo-ma-gya-na’ with the accompaniment of The Professional Band. The Vice-Senior General and congregation received the Five Precepts from the Sayadaw of Atulakari Hsinmin Monastery and members of the Sangha recited Parittas.
The Vice-Senior General and wife offered alms to the Maha Wizoktayon Sayadaw.
Senior military officers and their wives offered provisions to the Sayadaws and members of the Sangha. Maha Thondara Yama Pariyatti Teaching Monastery Presiding Abbot Maha Ganthavacaka Pandita Zeya Social Outstanding First Grade Letpandaung Sayadaw Bhaddanta Arvuda presented the treatises written by the Maha Ganthayon Sayadaw in Amarapura Township to the Vice-Senior General and senior military officers as Dhamma gifts.
Then, Sayadaw of Awaiya Yama Yankin Monastery Agga Maha Pandita Agga Maha Sadahamma Jotikadhaja Agga Maha Gantha Vasaka Pandita Bhaddanta Odata Siri Bhimvamsa delivered a sermon sharing merits gained. Then the ceremony concluded with a three-time recitation of Buddha Sasanam Ciram Thittatu. Pianist Hsan Win together with The Professional Band sang the song ‘Aungsay Paingsay’. The Vice-Senior General and congregation performed ritual of silver and golden showers to mark the successful ceremony. The five-story monastery building and the kitchen chamber cost over Ks-2.7 billion. The Vice-Senior General and wife and congregation offered day meal to the Sayadaws and members of the Sangha.