September 30, 2013
The Ven. Prof. Kakkapalliye Anuruddha Thera has passed away. The funeral was held today due to a final request made by him.
The Ven. Prof, Kakkapalliyea Anuruddha Thera had rendered yeoman service on behalf of the country. He was 84 years at the time of his demise. He received the highest ordination in 1949 and discharged a priceless service to Pirivena education after being appointed as a lecturer of the Vidyalankara Pirivena in 1953.
Serving as the first Chancellor of the Buddhist and PaliUniversity, he played a pioneering role to upgrade the University to international standards. He is a prelate who had received an Honorary Degree on Buddhist Social Education from many international universities.
Following his last request, the funeral of the Ven. Prof. Kakkapalliye Anuruddha Thera was held at Siyambalapewatte in Delgoda this afternoon. Issuing a statement in connection with the passing away of the prelate, President Rajapaksa has said that the demise of the Ven. Prof. Kakkapalliye Anuruddha Thera who discharged an outstanding service on behalf of the motherland without permitting it to be marginalized in the world is an irreparable loss to the entire nation.