New Delhi, March 23: Sri Lanks's most venerable Aggamaha Panditha Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thero, passed away in the morning on March 22 at the age of 88. Thero was receiving medical treatment at a private hospital in Colombo at the time of his death. The final rites of Late Most Ven. Aggamaha Panditha Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thero will be conducted at Independence Square on Thursday (Mar. 25) with full state honors.
The Maha Nayake Thero was the chief incumbent of Sri Dharmapalaramaya, Mount Lavinia. He was selected as Mahanayaka Thera of the Amarapura Nikaya in May 2017, following the demise of Most Venerable Agga Maha Panditha Davuldena Gnanissara Thero. He was conferred with the “Aggamahapandita” title by the Burmese Government on March 2, 2007, at Swarnaguha Hall, Myanmar.