Aamisa Pooja held at the Sri Maha Bhodiya pleading for timely rain.
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Offering water obtained from reservoirs offered to the Sacred Sri Maha Bhodiya.

The annual Pan pooja  urging  timely rain held by the Ministry of Power and Energy headed by Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka was held yesterday at the Jaya Sri Maha Bhodiya.

The Ministry of Power and Energy said that the intention of this yearly ritual is to ensure the rains are consistent throughout the year enabling the uninterrupted power generation at the Hydro power stations.

On the instructions of the Atamasthanadhipathi Dr. Pallegama Siriniwasa thero 11 pots of water collected from Maussakale, Castlereigh, Victoria, Kothmale, Randenigala, Bowatanne, Inginiyagala, Samanalawewa, Kukuleganga, Ukuwela and Udawalawe which supplies the water for the generation of Hydro power were taken to the Anuradhapura Galkulama Sudharmarama Temple in a motor procession and then taken to the Ruwan Wali Maha Saya amid seth pirith chanting of the high priests.

The pots of the water were then placed before the Sri Maha Bhodhiya and offered by the high priests and the chosen disguised guests, seeking blessings for uninterrupted rain for the stable generation of power throughout the year.

The Minister of Power and Energy also inaugurated a special electricity supply illuminating the area between the Anuradhapura Sri Maha Bhodiya and Ruwan weli Seya. Chief Minister of the North Central Province Berty Premalal Dissanayake was also present at this special ceremony.

In addition to the Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka, CEB chairman Wimaladharma Abeywickrema, GM Nihal Wickremasuriya, Power Generation Unit Additional GM M.G. Wickremasekera and a significant gathering of CEB employees also took part in this religious ceremony.

Concurrent to this ceremony water obtained from the Maussakale and Castlereigh reservoirs were offered to the Maussakale Sri Saman Devalaya in a special pooja. A pirith recital urging timely rainfall was conducted on the advice of the  Sripadasthanadhipathi under the patronage of the Deputy Minister of Power and Energy Premalal Jayasekera yesterday