Damaged N/E places of worship being rebuilt
* ‘Public can soon visit and worship
* Deeghawaapiya, Neelagiriya Stupas
to be preserved:
The demolished Buddhist temples and places of religious worship in
the North and East are now being repaired, reconstructed and renovated
by the government for benefit of the public. Defence Secretary Gotabhaya
Rajapaksa said on Saturday that a large number of Buddhist temples in
the North and East that were dilapidated are now being rebuilt by the
“The public will be able to visit these historic temples soon to
worship and make their religious offerings,” he said. Rajapaksa was
speaking after declaring the area of the ancient Weherahena Poorwaramaya
temple in Matara as a Sacred Zone on Saturday. “Unprecedented crowds had
flocked to Anuradhapura from all corners of the country to participate
in religious programmes on Poson Poya Day,” he said. “ The places of
worship in the North and East will be repaired and handed over to the
public for worship,” he added.
According to Archaeology Department Museum and Maintenance Director M
A J R Madagammana , the Ministry of Defence has offered help to protect
some of the temples that have vast historical and archaeological value.
Madagammana said the Defense Ministry’s Civil Defence Force offered them
support to preserve Deeghawaapiya and Neelagiriya stupas. “The ministry
has also extended its assistance to the Archaeology Department to
renovate Handagala Rajamaha Vihara and Halmillawatiya temples in the
North Central Province, “he said.
The ministry has reportedly agreed to offer its support to build a
Buddhist Centre on the Pachchanoor mountain near Muttur on the request
of Ven Seruwila Saranakiththi Nayaka Thera.