Ven Horana Vajiragnana Nayaka Swaminwahanse
The Ven. Rajakeeya Pandit Dr. Horana Vajiragnana Thera, the Chief Sangha Nayaka of Raigam, Salpiti, Hewagam Korales, Editor of Sinhala Encyclopedia, Buddhist scholar and Dhamma preacher was was born in 1926 at Kanda Uda Gedera, Horana.
His first name was Dharmadasa. He started his basic education at the Horana Buddhist Mixed School where the Ven. Thera was a bright student. On May 29, 1929 he entered the priesthood by the name of Ven. Horana Vajiragnana, the Ven. Horana Pnnasekera Thera, the present Chief Incumbent of the Horan Raja Maha Viharaya, the Ven. Illimbe Dhammalankara, the Chief Adikarana Sangha Nayaka of the Salpiti, Raigam, Hewagam Korales and the late Ven. Mahanuwara Dhammaratana Thera are his fellow monks.
The late Thera was one of the greatest writers of our times. In 1956 he was appointed as a member for Sahithya Anu Mandalaya and in 1957 he became the Chairman of Sahithya Anu Mandalaya. The Thera was a famous Dhamma preacher over the SLBC and Buddhists throughout the country were avid followers of his religious discourses as his language was lucid and his Dhamma talks touched the hearts and minds of all. During his lifetime he wrote more than twenty five books on Sinhala literature, Buddhism, Buddhist literature and on various topics which have been of immense value to students.
The Ven. Thera also contributed a lot to Sinhala journals and newspapers such as Silumina, Sinhala Jathiya, Sarasavi Sanda Resa, Budusarana, Navayugaya and Rasavahini by writing very important articles. He also held many honorary posts at national and divisional level. He also published a magazine titled Raigampura Vansa Kata in 2000 in connection with the Literary Month
Listen to Dhamma talks by Ven Horana Vajiragnana Swamin wahanse and other passed away Sangha fathers
Ven thero passed away on August 21 of 2004 at a private hospital in Colombo. The Ven. Thera was 85. May he attain Nibbana.