The funeral of Most Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera will take place at the Parliament ground at 3.00pm this evening with full state honours. The government has already declared Thursday a day of national mourning.

The Ven. Sobhitha Thera who was the unofficial Maha Nayaka Thera of three sectors of Maha Sangha passed away last Sunday early morning at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, where he had been treated at the intensive care unit for three days. His remains were initially brought to the Sri Lankan High Commission at No 76 of Andrew Road in Singapore around noon on the same day.

Ven. Sobitha Thera was a respected Buddhist prelate by all Sri Lankans as he refused party politics and always stood for the national issues. His courage to raise against the wrong policies by politicians was remarkable.