Minister inaugurates Lankaramaya shrine room | Daily News

Minister inaugurates Lankaramaya shrine room

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka inaugurating the shrine room.
Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka inaugurating the shrine room.

The measures taken by Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka to complete the partially-constructed shrine room of the Lankaramaya in Anuradhapura is a new page in the history of the country, North-Central Province Chief Adhikarana Sanganayake and Lankaramaya Chief Incumbent Ven. Relapanawe Dhammajothi Thera said.

The ven. thera was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the shrine room on Poson poya day, last Sunday. The ministry had spent a sum of Rs.36 million on the construction work.

Ven. Dhammajothi Thera said that the Lankaramaya is an ancient temple built by King Valagamba, a nephew of King Dutugemunu, during 1 BC. He added that although it was one of the eight sacred sites of Anuradhapura revered by Buddhists across the country, it did not have a shrine room as the one built by kings had been destroyed a long time ago. Later on, when only the foundation had been laid for the shrine room, a committee was set up in late 2017 to make the project a reality with the assistance of a group of devotees from Gampaha led by a lady teacher of English.

With funds collected from the members of the committee, as well as their associates, the shrine room was constructed to this level when it was handed over to the Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka for its completion. The Lankaramaya, which is located southwest of the Abayagiri stupa in Anuradhapura, has become an attraction for devotees and tourists following the conservation work of the archaeological monuments in the temple.

Abhayagiri Viharadhikari Dr. Ven. Kallanchchiye Rathanasiri Thera and Parliamentarian Duminda Dissanayake also participated in the event. 

The Lankaramaya shrine room. Pictures by Sarath Manula Wickrama, Anuradhapura Special Corr.

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