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Most Venerable Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Mahanayake Thero.- Asgiriya Chapter

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Most Venerable Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Mahanayake Thero.- Asgiriya Chapter

The Newly Elected Mahanayake Thero (Chief Prelate) of the Asgiriya Chapter of the Siam Sect.

Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thero is the present Mahanayaka Thero of the Asgiriya chapter of Siam Nikaya. He was appointed as the 22nd Mahanayke Thera of Asgiriya Chapter on 7th April 2016, by the Karaka Sangha Sabha of Asgiriya chapter.

Most Venerable Tibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Mahanayake Thero- Malwatta Chapter

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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”.

Two Great Monasteries

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The Malwatta and Asgiriya monastic establishments have been closely associated with the sacred Tooth Relic to the extent that the Mahanayakes of the two monasteries, together with the Diyawadana Nilame, play the role of the three custodians of the sacred Tooth Relic. All religious rituals throughout the year, expositions of the sacred Tooth Relic and other matters relating to the sacred Tooth Relic are executed under the jurisdiction and the blessings of the two Mahanayakes.