President, First Lady, State Counsellor attend religious ceremony at Eternal Peace Pagoda

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ACEREMONY to erect the circular flower pole at the Eternal Peace Pagoda built on Yazathingaha Road near Gangawpan roundabout, Dekkhinathiri Township, Nay Pyi Taw was held yesterday morning. The event was attended by President U Win Myint, First Lady Daw Cho Cho and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Pagoda Ovadacariya Sayadaws led by State Ovadacariya Pyinmana Maha Visutarama Zaygon Monastery Presiding Sayadaw Abhidhaja Maharattha Guru Dr. Bhaddanta Kavihara graced the event which was attended by Vice President U Myint Swe and wife Daw Khin Thet Htay, Union Ministers, Union Auditor-General, Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman, Deputy Ministers, Nay Pyi Taw Council members and their spouses, donors and departmental officials.

Before the ceremony, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi offered Soon (meal), fruits, flowers and water to the Buddha image in the Dhammayone (congregation hall).

During the first part of the ceremony, President U Win Myint, First Lady Daw Cho Cho, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Vice President U Myint Swe and wife Daw Khin Thet Htay and guests took the nine precepts from the Ovadacariya Pyinmanan Maha Visutarama Zaygon Monastery Presiding Sayadaw Abhidhaja Maharattha Guru Dr. Bhaddanta Kavihara.

Next, donors offered paritta flowers, water, thread and sand to the Members of the Sangha.

The audience then listened to the Sanghas reciting the parittas after which donors sprinkled the paritta water, spread sand all over the pagoda compound and tied paritta thread around the compound.

Afterwards President U Win Myint and First Lady Daw Cho Cho presented the upper stage of the circular flower pole to be erected on top of the pagoda and offertories to the State Ovadacariya Sayadaw Abhidhaja Maharattha Guru Bhaddanta Kavihara.

Next State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi presented the middle stage of the circular flower pole and offertories to Lewe Pauk Myaing Monastery Sayadaw Abhidhaja Maharattha Guru Bhaddanta Zanenda.

Following this, Vice President U Myint Swe and wife Daw Khin Thet Htay presented the original stage of the circular flower pole and offertories to Region Sangha Nayaka Committee Chairman Agga Maha Gandakavasaka Pandita Tatkon Shwe in Yeiktha monastery Sayadaw Bhaddanta Pannasami.

Union Ministers, Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman and donors presented offerings to Sayadaws and Sanghas.

After presenting the offerings, President U Win Myint, First Lady Daw Cho Cho, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the audience listened to
the sermon and shared merits for donations made.

Next the ceremony of erecting the circular flower pole was continued. President U Win Myint, First Lady Daw Cho Cho, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Vice President U Myint Swe and wife Daw Khin Thet
Htay and the audience carried the upper stage, the middle stage and the original stage of the circular flower pole and walked around the Pagoda clockwise after which they conveyed these to the Kuthotaw pandal.

Afterwards the State Counsellor, the First Lady, wife of the Vice President, Union Ministers, the Auditor General of the Union and their wife and the audience sprinkled scented waters on the upper stage, the middle stage and the original stage of the circular flower posts and sent it up with the ceremonial flying chariot.

At the designated auspicious time, Shwe Parami Tawya Sayadaw Ashin Sandadika, President U Win Myint, Vice President U Myint Swe, Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman and donors erected the upper stage, the middle stage and the original stage of the circular flower pole to be placed at the top of the pagoda in accordance with the rituals prescribed in the ancient texts.

After the Sayadaw and Sanghas had finished reciting the Aung Mingala Zeya religious verses, the ceremony came to a successful conclusion.