Most Venerable Tibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Mahanayake Thero- Malwatta Chapter
Most reverend Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Maha Thero born on 30th May 1944 at the Serene village named Thibbotuwawa, Kohonsiya division of Matale District was installed as the Maha Nayake Thero of Malwatta Chapter for the first time by King Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe is theMost reverend Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala who hails from Sri Siddhartha Buddharakkitha Buddhist clan. In receiving ordination on 10th June 1957 the Thero obtained higher ordination at the ceremonial hall of Malwatta Chapter on 10th June 1964 with the name “Wahalanaga”.
In getting in charge of services at the temple of the sacred tooth relic such as hereditary offering of rituals etc. the Maha Thero became a full pledged Thero with a good knowledge of traditional services and gradually became a member of the committee of Karaka Sangah Saba at Malwatta chapter and then getting elevated to the Summit of excellence the Maha Thero was appointed Most reverend Maha nayake Thero of Malwatta chapter on 20th June 2004 with a majority vote at the “Sanga saba Uposhathagaraya”. The Most reverend and highly respected Maha Thero of Malwatta chapter maintains and acts in the position with all the accepted norms as a guide to other senior Bikkus.
The Maha Thero acts and sets examples in the behavioral patterns for other theros not only in his own chapter but also in all other Nikayas as well. As the Supreme maha Thero of Malwatta chapter the thero takes active parts and sets examples in organizing scholarships to needy children and assisting in social work or those who are handicapped in many ways.