Ceremonies to hoist jewelled diamond orb, pennant-shaped vane, consecrate Lawkananda Pagoda in Sittway of Rakhine State

Ceremonies to hoist a jewelled diamond orb and a pennant-shaped vane atop Lawkananda Pagoda were held in conjunction with the consecration in Sittway of Rakhine State yesterday morning, attended by Joint Secretary of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee Presiding Patron of Pariyatti Dhammikarama Buddhist Learning Centre in Minbya Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotikadhaja Agga Maha Gandhavacaka Pandita Bhaddanta Indacariya Minbya Sayadaw and members of the Sangha.
Chairman of the State Administration Council Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, wife Daw Kyu Kyu Hla and party paid homage to the Buddha image in the cave of the pagoda.
The Senior General, wife and attendees took the Nine Precepts from Minbya Sayadaw, and members of the Sangha recited Paritta.
The Senior General and his wife offered the jewelled diamond orb and the pennant-shaped vane dedicated to the Lord Buddha to members of the Sangha and donated offerings to venerable Sayadaws. The SAC Joint Secretary, SAC members and Union ministers together with attendees offered alms to members of the Sangha.
Presiding Patron of Dhamma Thukha of Sittway Agga Maha Pandita Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotika Bhaddanta Soma delivered a sermon, followed by sharing of merits.
The Senior General, wife and party conveyed the jewelled diamond orb and the pennant-shaped vane by the decorated palanquin round the pagoda. At the auspicious time, the wife of the Senior General, party and attendees conveyed a jewelled diamond orb and a pennant-shaped vane atop the pagoda by the decorated float. The Senior General and party fixed the jewelled diamond orb and the pennant-shaped vane atop the pagoda.
Before the consecration ceremony, the Senior General and his wife presented cash for offering gold foils to the whole structure of the pagoda to Rakhine State Advocate-General U Hla Thein and Chairman of the pagoda board of trustees U Maung Thein Khaing.
Members of the Sangha consecrated the pagoda. The Senior General, wife and party paid homage to the Cakkamuni Buddha image in the Cakkamuni ordination hall and gave instructions on the long-term existence of the image and beautifying tasks to officials.
Lawkananda Pagoda is located at the junction of Meyu and the mining department road in Yenwesu Ward of Sittway. Its construction was contributed by well-wishers led by Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council Senior General Than Shwe from 18 February 1995. The golden umbrella was hoisted atop the pagoda on 28 February 1999 and consecration on 2 March. The pagoda is 162 feet with 232 feet in circumference on 459 square feet of terrace, encircled by eight Cetis. Four archways of the pagoda were decorated with ancient Rakhine artistic works and the interior of the wall was decorated with 550 Jataka of the Lord Buddha. Four Buddha images on marble thrones are placed in four dimensions in the cave. Currently, well-wishers led by the Senior General Min Aung Hlaing renovated the pagoda for long-term existence, and the jewelled diamond orb and the pennant-shaped vane were successfully hoisted atop the pagoda successfully. — MNA/TTA

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