‘Government spends Rs. 830 million on Deegavapi renovation’ | Daily News


‘Government spends Rs. 830 million on Deegavapi renovation’

Pingalpoththa Raja Maha Viharaya Viharadhipathi Gokarella Rev. Dunukedeniye Kusaladhamma Thera said the government developed many sacred places in the country and the latest was renovation of the historic Deegavapi Raja Maha Viharaya commenced on July 31 at a cost of Rs. 830 millions.

The Thera was addressing the monthly meeting of the Dayaka Sabha of the temple last weekend.

The Thera said Deegavapi had been covered with the jungle during foreign invasions and it was discovered in 1916. Successive governments inaugurated several restoration projects but none of them were completed, the Thera said.

The Deegavapi Stupa was built by King Saddhatissa, and it was declared a protected monument in 1947.

The Cabinet approval was given to renovate the Deegavapi Rajamaha Viharaya according to a Cabinet paper presented by Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa in April this year. Providence of a special type of bricks required to re-construct the Deegavapi Stupa in Ampara was approved by Cabinet as well.

The Thera said that renovating and developing Buddhist temples is the responsibility of the government, which was done properly now.

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