A ceremony to confer religious titles was held yesterday afternoon at Sasana Maha Beikman in Uppatasanti Pagoda compound, Nay Pyi Taw.
The ceremony was attended by State Sangha Maha Nayaka Chairman Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru Abhidhaja Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotika Bhamo Sayadaw Dr Bhaddanta Kumara Bhivamsa and State Sangha Maha Nayaka Thanlyin Min Kyaung Pahtamapyan monastery patron Agga Maha Pandita Agga Maha Jotikadhaja Dr Baddanta Candima Bhivamsa together with State Administration Council Chairman Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and his wife Daw Kyu Kyu Hla and other military personnel.
State Administration Council Chairman and his wife and attendees took five precepts from State Sangha Maha Nayaka Chairman Bhamo Sayadaw.
Then, Presiding Sayadaw Baddanta Gandhama of Myoma Monastery in Bago, who will be conferred the title of Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru, delivered an oration followed by Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture U Ko Ko explained religious affairs.
SAC Chairman Senior General Min Aung Hlaing presented the title of Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru and related accessories to Presiding Sayadaw Baddanta Gandhama of Myoma Monastery of Bago Region.
SAC Vice-Chairman Vice-Senior General Soe Win presented Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru title to Presiding Sayadaw Baddanta Aeindaka of Nyaung Kan Monastery in Chanmyathazi Township of Magwe Region while General Mya Tun Oo to Sayadaw Baddanta Thuriya of Maha Weikza Theikpan Monastery of Monywa in Sagaing Region and Admiral Tin Aung San to Sayadaw Baddanta Malar Bhivamsa of Aungmye Thayar Wun Min Gyi Monastery in Yesagyo of Magway Region.
Abhidhaja Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotika title and related accessories were conferred to Sayadaw Baddanta Thumana of Zwe Kite Monastic School in Kawa of Bago Region by General Maung Maung Kyaw; to Sayadaw Baddanta Sanda Thiri of Sanda Yone Pariyatti Monastery in Tatkon of Nay Pyi Taw Council by Lt-Gen Moe Myint Tun; to Sayadaw Baddanta Canda Vera of Taung Taw Ya Monastery of Ngapu Taw in Ayeyawady by Mahn Nyein Maung, and Sayadaw Baddanta Pinyavamsa of Shwe Pariyatti Monastery in Mawlamyine of Mon State by Daw Aye Nu Sein.
Afterwards, SAC member U Moung Har presented Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru title and related accessories to Aung Mingala Monastery Sayadaw Dr Baddanta Pinya Sarmi in MraukU of Rakhine State while U Sai Lone Saing to Sayadaw Baddanta Sujhanar Bhivamsa of Moe Kaung Monastery in Chanayethazan Township of Mandalay Region, Dr Banyar Aung Moe to Sayadaw Baddanta Vasehta of Phet Pin Aine Monastery in Thingangyun Township of Yangon Region, SAC Secretary Lt-Gen Aung Linn Dway to Sayadaw Baddanta Jotika of Yadana Beikman Chantha Gyi of Mandalay and SAC Joint-Secretary Lt-Gen Ye Win Oo to Sayadaw Baddanta Veluriya of Min Kyaung Monastery in Myittha of Mandalay Region.
Similarly, Abhidhaja Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotika title and accessories were presented to Sayadaw Baddanta Sudanra of Ashe Kyaung Monastery in Kyauktan of Yangon Region by Union Supreme Court Chief Justice U Tun Tun Oo, to Sayadaw Baddanta Saddhiya of Shwe Thu Won Monastery in Thingangyun of Yangon Region by Constitutional Tribunal Chairman U Than Kyaw, to Sayadaw Baddanta Kumara of Zeya Theikdi in Insein Township of Yangon Region by UEC Chairman U Thein Soe.
Then, Union Minister Lt-Gen Soe Htut presented Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru title and related accessories to Sayadaw Baddanta Thawma of Mani Yadana Monastery in Sittway of Rakhine State while Union Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin to Sayadaw Baddanta Visuta in Nigawdaryone Nyaung Pin Thar Monastery in Pathein Township of Ayeyarwady Region, Union Minister Lt-Gen Tun Tun Naung to Sayadaw Baddanta Gandha Marlar Bhivamsa of Alal Taw Ya San Pya Monastery in Bahan Township of Yangon Region, Union Minister U Win Shein to Sayadaw Dr Baddanta Aggisa of Pali Kayi Monastery in Thakayta Township of Yangon Region.
Then, SAC Chairman and his wife and the audiences listened to the sermon of State Sangha Maha Nayaka Thanlyin Min Kyaung Pahtamapyan monastery patron Agga Maha Pandita Agga Maha Jotikadhaja Dr Baddanta Candima Bhivamsa and shared merit for the donations made.
During the ceremony, a total of 13 Sayadaws were coffered with the title of Abhidhaja Maha Rattha Guru and 7 Sayadaws with Abhidhaja Agga Maha Saddhamma Jotika for the year 2021. — MNA