“Nobody spoke our mother-tongue so eloquently, so gracefully and so persuasively as did Ven. Sobitha. I added that when people misguidedly turn to me for advice on the art of public speaking I simply say to them: study how Ven. Sobitha speaks and make him your model.” That is just a part from a document by Prof. Carlo Fonseka yesterday; the day the nation bids adieu to the Ven. Sobhitha Thera. Here, our staff photographer Gihan Dulwala captured Maha Sangha invoking blessings on Ven Thera at the Parliamentary Grounds, Sri Jayawardenepura.