Sugeeswara Bandara, the private secretary to ex-president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has entered temporary monkhood in Thailand.
It coincided with a series of activities at Wat Huay Mongkol temple in Hua Hin district to mark 270 years since Sri Lanka received higher ordination from Thailand.
Sugeeswara was one of the many who became monks for a limited period as part of ongoing religious observances there.
His elder brother Janaka Bandara is the Sri Lankan ambassador in Bangkok.
Also, sacred relics were taken from Sri Lanka to Thailand as part of the religious activities.