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Ceremony held to confer title of Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru on Presiding Nayaka of Naga Hnit Kaung Monastery in Tachilek Dr Bhaddanta Dhamma Siri

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Dr Bhaddanta Dhamma Siri is receiving the Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru Title from the Senior General.

A ceremony to confer religious titles for 2021 took place at the Sasana Maha Beikman in the Uppatasanti Pagoda compound, Nay Pyi Taw, on 27 March. And now, officials are visiting the Sayadaws, who could not make their presence at the ceremony, to confer the titles in their respective regions.
A ceremony to confer the title of Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru on Presiding Nayaka of Naga Hnit Kaung Monastery in Tachilek, Shan State (East), State Ovadacariya Abhidhaja Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotika Agga Maha Pandita Dr Bhaddanta Dhamma Siri took place at the monastery this morning, attended by Chairman of the State Administration Council Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.
The ceremony was attended by the title recipient Sayadaw, Presiding Nayaka of Thila Dhamma Kontha Tawra Monastery in Kengtung (Wasipeik) Sayadaw Bhaddanta Kovida and members of the Sangha. The Senior General and wife were accompanied by council members Lt-Gen Moe Myint Tun, U Sai Lone Saing, Joint Secretary Lt-Gen Ye Win Oo and wife, Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture U Ko Ko, the Commander-in-Chief (Navy) and wife, senior military officers from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief and wives, Commander of Triangle Region Command Brig-Gen Myo Min Tun, the chairman of Tachilek District Administration Council and guests.
The ceremony was opened with a three-time recitation of Namo Tassa. The Senior General and wife and the congregation received the Five Precepts from the Sayadaw of Naga Hnit Kaung Monastery. Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture U Ko Ko supplicated on religious matters.
Next, the Senior General conferred the title of Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru and regalia on the Sayadaw of Naga Hnit Kaung Monastery. Then, prerequisites, cash and offertories were presented to the Sayadaw.
The Sayadaw of Naga Hnit Kaung Monastery delivered the Sammodaniya Ovada Katha and sermons. The Senior General and wife and the congregation shared the merits gained. The ceremony concluded with a three-time recitation of Buddha Sasanam Ciranthitthatu.
The Senior General and wife and party offered the day meal to the Sayadaw of Naga Hnit Kaung Monastery, Sayadaws and the Sangha members.
The Presiding Nayaka Sayadaw of Naga Hnit Kaung Monastery was born to U Haung and Daw Nan Pin in Yankein Village, Kengtung Township, Shan State on 9th waning of Nadaw in 1290 ME. His childhood name is Sai Shan La. On the 15th waxing of Tabaung in 1299 ME, he was a novitiate as ‘Shin Shan La’ under the Sayadaw of Kyaiyin Monastery’s patronage.
When he became monkhood, he was called Ashin Dhamma Siri. At Naga Hnit Kaung Monastery, he gives government Pahtamapyan and Dhammacariya lectures and Pariyatti literature to the monks and novices day and night. Moreover, he complied with Dhammapada (Gon Shan language) and three Pidakas (Gon Shan language). He is 91 years of age and has 71 vasa. He established 12 monasteries, including Ponton Monastery and Naga Hnit Kaung Monastery and endeavoured for the propagation of the Sasana. Having received the title of Agga Maha Pandita, being a long-serving revered monk, having religious knowledge, serving the interest of people and having complied religious treatises, he was conferenced the title of Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru. —MNA

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