Nay Pyi Taw, 4 March—President U Thein Sein offered religious titles to venerable Buddhist monks at Sasana Maha Beikman building in the precinct of Uppatasanti Pagoda where the religious title and rice offering for 2015 took place on Wednesday.
Vice Chairman of State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee abbot of Dhamma Paragu Pali Tekkatho monastery in Monywa Agga Maha Pandita Bhaddanta Ariyalankara gave words of Sammodaniya Ovadakatha.
The President offered an Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru title and insignia to abbot of Dhammawdaya Pariyatti monastery in Kengtung Bhaddanta Ajeya.
Vice Presidents Dr Sai Mauk Kham and U Nyan Tun presented Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru titles and insignias to abbot of Dhamma Paragu Pali Tekkatho monastery in Monywa Agga Maha Pandita Bhaddanta Ariyalankara and abbot of Maha Withutayama (Middle) monastery in Pakokku Bhaddanta Viçara.
Speaker of Pyidaungsu and Pyithu Hluttaw Thura U Shwe Mann presented an Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru title and insignia to abbot of Maha Gandayon Monastery in Amarapura Township Bhaddanta Indobhasabhivamsa.
Chief Justice of the Union U Tun Tun Oo, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Chairman of the Constitutional Tribunal of the Union U Mya Thein and Chairman of Union Election Commission U Tin Aye offered titles of Abhidhaja Agga Maha Saddhammajotika and insignias to four venerable Buddhist monks.
Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services and Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win, Deputy Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw Hluttaw U Nanda Kyaw Swa, union ministers and officials presented religious titles to venerable Buddhist monks.
Daw Nan Shwe Hmon, wife of Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham; Daw Khin Aye Myint, wife of Vice President U Nyan Tun; and Daw Kyu Kyu Hla, wife of the commander-in-chief of defence services also offered Agga Maha Ganthavacaka Pandita, Maha Ganthavacaka Pandita and Maha Saddhamma Jotikadhaja titles to six nuns.
Wives of Vice-Senior General Soe Win, Deputy Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw U Nanda Kyaw Swa, Union Ministers Dr Daw Khin San Yi and Dr Daw Myat Myat Ohn Khin also presented Ganthavacaka Pandita and Saddhamma Jotikadhaja titles to seven nuns.
President U Thein Sein presented Agga Maha Thiri Thudhamma Manijotadhara titles and insignias to two laypersons.
Vice Presidents Dr Sai Mauk Kham and U Nyan Tun, Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann, the Chief Justice of the Union, the senior general, the chairman of the Constitutional Tribunal of the Union and the chairman of the Union Election Commission presented titles to the laypersons.
Daw Nan Shwe Hmon and Daw Khin Aye Myint, wives of the senior general, the vice-senior general, the deputy speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw, the union ministers and deputy minister Daw Sanda Khin gave titles to the laypersons.
After the ceremony, President U Thein Sein, wife Daw Khin Khin Win and State dignitaries together with departmental heads and staff families, religious and social organizations, companies and well-wishers offered rice and provisions to members of the Sangha and nuns along the entrance road to the pagoda and the circular road.
At the today’s ceremony, religious titles were presented to 150 venerable monks and 13 nuns at home and abroad and 41 lay persons.—MNA