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Sunday, 12 July 2015





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Now a Brides Of Sri Lanka App

Editor and Managing Director of the Brides of Sri Lanka magazine, Nelum Haththella (extreme left) with Ramani Fernando and Harris Wijayasinghe at the launch of the App.

Sri Lanka's premier bridal magazine Brides Of Sri Lanka expanded its reach to readers across the world with the launch of its App for all Apple and Andriod mobile devices, becoming the first fashion, bridal cum wedding magazine to launch its own App.

The launch was held at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo, with Ramani Fernando, Harris Wijayasinghe and editor and Managing Director, Nelum Haththella.

The first copy of the magazine was given to Ramani Fernando. when the magazine was launched in May 2007.

"Since our launch eight years ago, we've published 32 issues so far. We began with three issues a year for the first two years and then, following requests from readers, we increased it to four issues per year," said Nelum Haththella.

"We have had persistent requests from Sri Lankan readers living overseas and didn't have access to hard copies. Hence this launch was initiated.

The App can be downloaded on the Apple AppStore or GooglePlay for free where one can view a few pages of the magazines and then purchase the magazine. It can be downloaded on any iPad, iPhone, Android Phone or Android Tab. The Android versions will be available from July 31. 2015," she said.

Poojas at Thevani Amman temple

Thevani Amman temple plays a vital role in the annual Kataragama Esala Festival by conducting a special religious programme, the caretaker of the temple is Swamy Purnananda Giri told the media.

According to folklore, Goddess Thevani Amma was the legal consort of God Kataragama when he was living in India and came to reside in Kataragama after the god fell in love with Goddess Valli Amma, whom he met at Sellakataragama.

Poojas will be held every day at the Kataragama Devala premises before the Perahera leaves for the Valli Amman Temple. Poojas will then be held here as well.

A dansala will also be held at the Thevani Amman temple, for the duration of the Festival, feeding more than 5000 devotees with a vegetarian diet each day..

On July 22 the ancient ritual of hoisting the Thevani Amman temple flag will be performed with the devotional songs to the beating of Naga Salang music and the sounds of 'Haro Hara'

On July 31, devotees will be permitted to pay homage to the religious items within the temple, which is done once a year.

The Poojas of the Thevani Amman temple will come to an end after the blessed water from the water cutting ceremony is brought to the temple on August 1.

- M.Nelson Piyaratne Kataragama Group



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