The election of a new Diyawadana Nilame of the Sri Dalada Maligawa will take place on September 8, and the election will be held by the Buddhist Affairs Commissioner at the Kandy Buddhist Centre Hall at Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Kandy.

Dalada Maligawa sources said that four candidates are already confirmed, vying for the coveted office of the lay custodian of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Chief Administrator of the Temple. As the term of the former Pradeep Nilanga Dela ended last June and he has been entrusted to perform the duties till the vacancy is filled after an election.

His name is also in the list as a contestant while former Diyawadana Nilame Neranjan Wijeyeratne and two Basnayaka Nilames – Gayan Heenkenda and Sudantha Senanayaka are also vying for the post. The one who elected on September 8 will administer the Maligawa matters till 2025 with guidance and blessings of the Most Ven. Chief Prelates of Asgiri and Maha Vihara temples. (DPL)