Mihintale Poson Aloka Pooja organised by the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (Lake House) for the 56th time will commence with pomp and pageantry at the Mihintale Raja Maha Viharaya Meda Maluwa on June 26 at 6 p.m. The pinkama is held under the patronage of Mihintale Raja Maha Viharadhipati and Trustee Ven. Walawahengunawawe Dhammaratana Nayake Thera and the direction of Lake House Chairman and Managing Director Krishanthe Cooray.
The three-day pinkama, which concludes on June 28, is jointly sponsored by the CEB, Dialog and NSB. On the inaugural day (June 26), Aloka Pooja will be switched on by Higher Education and Cultural Affairs Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe in the presence of Minsters P. Harrison and Chandrani Bandara, Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera, Parliamentarian Chandima Gmage and representatives of the CEB and Lake House.
President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will switch on the Aloka Pooja on the second day (June 27), Poson Poya day.Ministers Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and Duminda Dissanayake, Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna and several other people’s representatives and State and Lake House officials will be present on the occasion.
On the third and final day of the Aloka Pooja (June 28), Anuradhapura GA R.M. Wanninayake will switch on the Aloka Pooja in the presence of Lake House and other State officials. Winners of the Budusarana Oratorical Contest will be awarded prices and certificates on the day.