Sri Lanka’s most sought after Star Astrologer Manjula Peiris last week added another feather to his cap when he was bestowed with an Honorary Doctorate of Astrology in Kolkata, India during the 34th International Astrology and Oriental Heritage Conference.
The four-day international conference from February 12 to 15 attracted a large number of scholars from all parts of the world at which various aspects in the field of astrology were discussed.
Dr. Manjula Peiris became the first, youngest and only Sri Lankan to receive such an honorary accolade in recognition of his extensive research and credibility in the field of astrology and also in consideration of his selfless devotion for the propagation, modernization and popularization of the ancient knowledge.
The Indian Institute of Oriental Heritage, Kolkata organized the event for the 34th year at the Mahajati Sadan Auditorium. The awards were authenticated by Founder President Dr. Ramkrishna Shastri, General Secretary Gopal Chakraborty and Conference session president Murari Mohon Vedantaditirtha Sastri.
“I am delighted about this recognition as a Sri Lankan and I pledge to serve my country and the world with the knowledge I have derived in this profession. I feel more accountable to serve the human race and protect the people from any harm befalling them. I consider this a shift from a small lane to a main highway. I am grateful to the Indian organizers for all the support they gave me during the event which was attended by several distinguished guests.
I always believed that my wife and children are my luckiest assets in life so far. This Honorary doctorate can be considered the next best thing. I am also grateful to the local print and electronic media of this country for always backing me and giving me all the exposure,” said Manjula who only in the first week of January this year predicted in the Daily Mirror that the country will receive plentiful rain that will spill over tanks, lakes and rivers.
He also cautioned drivers to be extra-careful predicting the likelihood of more fatal accidents. He also predicted natural calamities in Japan this year.
- Ramesh Uvais