September 23, 2017

Holy objects hoisted atop two pagodas in Putao

President U Thein Sein sprinkles scented water on the diamond orb before it was fixed atop a pagoda in Putao.
President U Thein Sein sprinkles scented water on the diamond orb before it was fixed atop a pagoda in Putao.

PRESIDENT U Thein Sein attended a ceremony to hoist two holy religious objects each atop two pagodas in Putao district, Kachin State, yesterday.
Accompanied by Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Union Ministers, President U Thein Sein hoisted a sacred diamond bud (Seinphudaw) and a bird’s perch vane (Hngetmyatnadaw) atop the Maha Tezawunta Shwedagon Pagoda in Machanbaw township.
Prior to the ceremony, the congregation led by the president received the ninefold precepts of virtue from Wuntho Monastery Sayadaw Bhaddanta Silavamsa, followed by a recitation of parittas (religious verses of protection). The president planted a Sacred Bodhi Tree to mark the success of the ceremony.
At another event, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing hoisted a sacred diamond bud and a bird’s perch vane atop the Maha Tezawunta Shwesigon Pagoda. The commander-in-chief also planted a Sacred Bodhi Tree to mark the success of the ceremony.
The ceremony was followed by a luncheon offered by the president to the members of the Sangha present at the event.
The president presented Buddha Statues and clothes to the townsfolk attending the ceremony. He also inspected the construction of a section of Putao-Machanbaw road, the construction of the new Malikha bridge and the maintenance of the old Malikha bridge.
The president and entourage flew back to Nay Pyi Taw in the evening.

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