“Thèseththè Ñana Pooja” - Ceremony to pay homage to Seventy Three Knowledge of Lord Buddha
Light gold coloured flags of special shape with name of each Ñana (knowledge) embroidered depicting each knowledge, hung on to sticks with green transparent shapes of Bo leaves on top, symbolising the Bodhi (Bo tree). These sticks were hoisted over gold painted mini pedestals, lined over long tables covered with gold coloured cloths. Taken together the whole assembly depicted Buddha’s deep knowledge of the Universe. Buddhists pay homage to this seventy three types knowledge of the Blessed One by offering colourful fragrant flowers, incenses, light and ‘Chathu Madura”. Venerable Rajakeeya Panditha Meegahakumbure Dhammagavesi Thero directed the proceedings. This was the 11th Anniversary of the ceremony.
Knowing About Parkinson's Disease- Weekly article on your health
In Sri Lanka it is difficult to assess how many are suffering from it as there are no records available. It is easy to diagnose a person with full blown picture of Parkinson's disease even by a lay person. But it is difficult in the early stages, in most situations, clinching a diagnosis as the early symptoms may be common to most other neurological conditions. Parkinson's disease is a brain stem disorder that causes to lose muscle control gradually. In the full blown picture you see tremors in fingers, sometimes referred to as 'pin-rolling' movement between the thumb and the index finger, with tremors of the other fingers. Tremors may appear later on and may not be the earliest symptom. Stiffness of the lower extremities is another early symptom observed during the early stages, and subsequently a shuffling gait becomes obvious. General body movements too, slow down with poor balance could be detected in the early stages of the disease. It was originally referred to as "shaking palsy". It is fortunate that life expectancy is not shortened in this disease though disability is permanent and progressive.