The board of Trustees of Shwedagon Pagoda organised the Buddha consecration ceremony of Shwedagon Pagoda and a ceremony to confer religious titles to monks who passed the 100th Cetiyingana Pariyati Dhamma Nogaha examination at designated places on the Shwedagon Pagoda platform yesterday morning.
The Board of Trustees of Shwedagon Pagoda and Buddhist societies first offered food, flowers, water, fruits and light in the Guest Pavilion (Tazaung) on the southern part of the pagoda platform.
The monks, led by the venerable elder monks of Shwedagon Pagoda, then consecrated the Shwedagon Pagoda on the pagoda platform and the pagoda’s upper platform.
Next, the religious ceremony to confer titles to the monks was conducted with the monks, the board of trustees, Buddhist societies and the kin of the monks, by going around the pagoda in a clockwise direction and then gathering at the Chanthagyi Pavilion (Tazaung) at the Rahu Corner of the Shwedagon Pagoda. U Tin Oo, central organizing committee chair of the religious ceremony, then read the Guna Mingala paper.
Following this, the pagoda board of trustees, Buddhist societies, donors and kin of the monks who passed the exam received five precepts from the Sayadaw Agga Maha Gandavacaka Pandita Bhaddanta Pavara Bhivamsa of Nyaungdon Pali Takkatho Monastery in Bahan Township.
The pagoda board of trustees then conferred religious certificates to the seven monks who passed the examination, after which they, along with the donors, presented offerings to the Sayadaws and Sanghadaws.
From the first to the 100th Cetiyingana Pariyati Dhamma Nogaha examination, a total of 1,254 monks have passed the examination, it is learnt.
Ko Ko Zaw