Pradeep Nilanga Dela, Diyawadana Nilame - Sri Dalada Maligawa
The Sacred Tooth Relic was once the symbol of the ruling king. As much as the Sacred Temple of the Tooth became the most venerated Buddhist shrine the Diyawadana Nilame is hailed as the symbol of leadership in the world. The person elected to this respected post should be devote Buddhist, good administrator, a honest financial controller, and a have good public relations with a reputed family back ground.
The present Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilanga Dela has fulfilling all required qualifications was elected to this post by a record majority on the 01st day of July 2005. He hails from a respected family in the district of Ratnapura in the province of Sabaragamuwa.He was born on the 28th day of October 1973 as the second child of Mr. and Mrs. Dixon Sarathchandra Dela who lived at their ancestral home called Godella Walauwa in a beautifully located village in Dela.
He was educated at a leading Buddhist school Nalanda College where he did very well academically and the sports field. He was soon appointed a senior school prefect and won the confidence of most of his teachers and school mates. In the tender age of 25yers he was elected to the post of Basnayake Nilame of the Maha Saman Devale in 1999. In addition he was also elected as the Basnayake Nilame of the Ruhunu Maha Katharagama Devale in 2001.
In 2004 he was returned uncontested to the Maha Saman Devale. This was unique feature and he goes in to history as the only person to hold these three prestigious posts at one and the same time. A total vegetarian and a devote Buddhist he was also the President of the Sri Lanka Tame elephant Owners Association of Sri lanka. His attendance to the matters of temples in the island with lesser infrastructure and Damma schools with lesser facilities has been the high light of his carrier. He has been awarded many titles to his name for the service rendered in religious and social services. Among them he was conferred the "Nalanda Keerthi Sri" by Nalanda College, "Buddha Sasana Bandu" by the Syamopali Maha Nikaya and the Sabaragamu Sarasavi Abhiramya by the Sabaragamu University.