President Sirisena came to Minihtala and engaged in religious activities and obtained blessings from the Mahasangha before switching on the Aloka Pooja.
Chief Incumbent of the Mihintale Rajamahvihara Ven. Walawahangunawawe Dhammarathana Thero and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesighe, Ministers Ranjith Siyamablapitiya, P. Harrison, Chandrani Bandara, and others and Chairmen of Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited Crishantha Coorey, and the board of directors were present at this event.
Walane Upul Samanjith Perera who presented a stone carving of the footprint of the Buddha and Mr. Sanath Sudarshana who presented a wooden statue of the Arahat Mahinda to the Mihinthala premises were presented souvenirs by the President.