On two occasions, Bhante received the “Honor of the Golden Shawl” in Sri Lanka. This is the highest and the most special honor the Tamil Hindus can give to anybody according to their culture. In appreciation of community service and the humanitarian assistance provided to the community, they bestowed this honor on him.
On this special occasion, first a dignitary wrapped the golden shawl around the shoulders of Bhante, then he put on a garland of fresh jasmine flowers. All the Hindu devotees bowed and respected Bhante Wimala and received his blessings.