Katina Robe Offering Ceremony


Parallel to this Giribanda Pooja, the Foundation has carried out Katina Pinkama rituals among 50 temples situated in the remote areas of the country. Katina refers to the offering of the special robe (Katina Chivara) prepared and presented to monks who have completed the three-month period of retreat called Vas in Sinhala, and Vassana in Pali, meaning the period of rain. Katina literally means ‘firm,’ or ‘solid,’ because the offering of a Katina robe helps to earn solid good karma. The Katina Ceremony is over 2500 years old. It is a monastic tradition preserved and observed by Buddhists all over the world because it is an extraordinary opportunity to acquire merit once a year.

 

Selected Photos of Katina Robe Offering Ceremony conducted by the Foundation

 

The Katina robe is significant because during the three-month Vas period, Buddhist monks are required to remain fully dedicated to purifying themselves through the rigorous practice of meditation and moral conduct. As the monks end the retreat and come back to society, they become deservedly worthy of offering and veneration as ‘Punnakkhetta’ or ‘field of merit’ to the fullest extent possible. A robe offered to a monk potent with spirituality and dedication to religious living at this time, helps one to earn solid merit or good karma. The offering of the Katina robe is considered immensely meritorious since it involves three months of preparation and dedication. The ceremony become important and meritorious because of the potency of the merit gathered during the period of retreat, both by the monks and the devotees. The Katina robe symbolizes the successful culmination of the rainy retreat. 

The Foundation has supported more than 50 temples to carry out Katina Pinkam since 2008. With the contribution from foreign and local devotees, the Foundation was able to construct buildings, maintenance and repair of existing building and provide essential monastic requisites. The followings are the temples to which the Foundation supported conducting Katina Pinkama.

 

Year

District

Temples

2008

Trincomalee

1. Rangiri Ulpatha Raja MahaViharaya - Gomarankadawala

 

 

 

2009

Polonnaruwa

2. Sri Sudarshanaramaya - Maithreegama, Welikanda

 

 

3. AralaganwilaKajuwatta Sri Namalgiri Viharaya

 

 

 

2010

Ampara

4. Muhudu Viharaya - Pothuwil 

 

 

5. Sri Sudarshanaramaya - Pannalgama, Damana

 

 

6. Sri Somawathi Raja Maha Viharaya - Uhana

 

 

7. Sama Buddhist Centre - Kadurugoda, Namaloya

 

Polonnaruwa

8. Sri Namalgiri Viharaya - Kajuwatta, Aralaganwila

 

 

 

2011

Ampara

9. Dehiattakandiya Navamedagama Pahalagama Sri Ashokaramaya

 

 

10. Dehiattakandiya Damanewela Lihiniyagama Sri Sudarshanaramaya

 

 

11. Uhana Lathugala Deeparamaya

 

 

12. UhanaKeviliyanmaduwa Sri Sunethraramaya

 

 

13. Mahaoya Piyasaragama Sri Sambodhi Viharaya

 

Polonnaruwa

14. Siripura Aralaganwila Kajuwatta Sri Namalgiri Viharaya

 

 

15. Siripura Galeliya Ruhunugama Sri Saddharmaloka Viharaya

 

Trincomalee

16. Kanthale Agbopura Peramaduwa Jayamangalaramaya

 

 

17. Kanthale Vanela Pansal Godella Raja MahaViharaya

 

 

18. China Bay 6 Post Vilankulama Sri Sunandaramaya

 

 

19. Thambalagamuwa Galmetiyawa Ulpathwewa Raja Maha Viharaya

 

 

 

2012

Anuradhapura

20. Kebithigollewa Wahalkada D 04 Veheragala Raja MahaViharaya

 

 

21. Kebithigollewa Wahalkada D 01 Sri Mangalaramaya

 

 

22. Kebithigollewa Wahalkada D 02 Sri Bodhimalu Viharaya

 

 

23. Kebithigollewa Wahalkada D 03 Sri Seewali Rajamaha Viharaya

 

 

 

2013

Badulla

24. Meegahakiwula Kalugahakadura Sudarshanaramaya

 

 

25. Lunugala Pallekiruwa PuranaViharaya

 

Hambantota

26. Mulgirigala Bisogala Aranya Senasanaya

 

Polonnaruwa

27. Siripura Rathmalkandiya Sri Isipathanaramaya

 

 

28. Siripura Mudunkadawala Sri Jinendraramaya

 

Trincomalee

29.Seruwila Eichchalampattuwa Pashanapabbatha Viharaya

 

Anuradhapura

30. Kebithigollewa Wahalkada D 06 Weheragala Aranya Senasanaya

 

 

31. Galgamuwa Meegalewa Sri Nikethanaramaya

 

 

 

2014

Batticaloa

32. Nawalladi Mailankarachchi Sri Bodhirajaramaya

 

Moneragala

33. Wellawaya Handapanagala Neluwagala Sri Sudarshanaramaya

 

 

 

2015

Moneragala

34. Medagama Kotabowa Aluthwelagama Sri Shailabimbaramaya

 

 

35. Badalkumbura Kagalagama Meegahayaya Sri Shailabimbaramaya

 

 

36. Badalkumbura Kotamuduna Kirigalpotta Sri Poorwarama Raja MahaViharaya

 

 

37. Siyambalanduwa Kandauda Panguwa Welimadayaya Sri Abhinawaramaya

 

 

38. Siyambalanduwa Viloya 5 Post Kadurugoda Raja Maha Viharaya

 

 

39. Wellawaya Uwa Kuda Oya Manelgala Sri Sudarshanaramaya

 

 

40. Wellawaya Ella Siri Punyasara Sama Viharaya

 

 

41. Sewanagala Mahagama Janapadaya Mahanaga Raja Maha Viharaya

 

 

42.Sewanagala Thamburugala Moola Giri Yogashramaya

 

Kalutara

43. Millaniya Galpatha Mulkadakanda Jayanthyaramaya

 

 

44. Millaniya Yatawara Begamuwa Gangathilaka PuranaViharaya

 

Moneragala

45. Thanamalwila Laginagala Sri Swarna Giri Purana Viharaya

 

Badulla

46. Haldummulla Nikapitiya Uwa Mawelagama Sri Visudhdharamaya

 

Puttalam

47. Mundalama Madurankuliya Sri Abhinawarama Rathna Jayanthi Viharaya

 

 

48. Mahakumbukkadawala Wellakulama Bogahayaya Sri Subodharamaya

 

 

49. Pallama Kumara Kattuwa Thukkinna Sri Sathbodhi Viharaya

 

 

50. Karuwalagaswewa Thabbowa Thenuwara Sri Visudhdharamaya