MoD holds special religious blessing ceremony for Easter Sunday bomb
[July 21 2019]
A special three month remembrance alms
giving was conducted at the Ministry of Defence to pass merit and
remember the victims of the Easter Sunday bomb blast, today (21
July 2019). The programme was conducted in a manner where other
religious blessings were summoned with the presence of members of clergy
of Hindu, Islam and Catholic faiths in remembering the unfortunate
incident on Easter Sunday, April (21), this year.
The Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General SHS
Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc graced the event organized by the
MoD Seva Vanitha Unit at the Ministry auditorium, this morning.
The ceremony commenced with the placing of the sacred
relics at the special dais by the Secretary Defence. The religious
observances were led by the Maha Nayaka of the Amarapura sect Ven.
Kotugoda Dhammavasa Thera. Hindu, Islamic and Christian religious
blessing ceremonies were conducted by the dignitaries of those religions
present at the occasion.
Special multi religious prayers were conducted to pass
merit on all the victims who had lost their lives and also to the speedy
recovery of those injured in the bomb blasts.
Soon after the religious observances were over, alms
were offered to the members of the Maha Sangha and other religious
Chairperson of the MoD Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs. Sonia
Kottegoda, Tri Forces commanders, senior Ministry officials, senior tri
forces, police and civil defence Department officers, Military Liaison
Officer of the MoD, and a large number of Ministry staff were present at
A series of suicide bomb blasts rocked the nation on
21st April, 2019 claiming the lives of scores of people and injuring
hundreds. These bomb attacks were carried out targeting several churches
including the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade and tourist hotels in
Colombo. A number of foreign nationals had also lost their lives in the