Diyawadana Nilame election on Sept. 08

By Cyril Wimalasurendre

KANDY: The Election of a new Diyawadana Nilame of the Sri Dalada Maligawa has been fixed for September 8.

The election of the DN is held by the Buddhist Affairs Commissioner.

The venue of the election will be the Kandy Buddhist Centre Hall at Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Kandy.

Four candidates are vying for the coveted office of the lay custodian of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Chief Administrator of the Temple of the Tooth.

Among those contesting are Nilame Pradeep Nilanga Dela, who is the acting Diyawadana Nilame since his term of office ended by June this year, former Diyawadana Nilame Neranjan Wijeyeratne, Basnayaka Nilame of Sri Natha Devale, Kandy attorney Gayan Heenkenda and a former Basnayaka Nilame Sudantha Senanayaka.

The of term of DN is ten years.

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