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Mihintale Temple to be declared a national heritage

The Mihintale Raja Maha Viharaya is to be declared as a national heritage by the government.

In line with these moves, attention has also been drawn to provide state patronage to the Mihinthala Mihindu Maha Perahera and declare the Parinibbana day of Ven. Arhath Mahinda Thera as a public holiday.

This was revealed at the discussion held at Temple Trees yesterday under the guidance of Prime Minister’s Secretary Saman Ekanayake. Chief Incumbent of Mihintala Raja Maha Viharaya Ven. Walawahengunawewe Dhammarathana Thera and several state officials participated in the discussion which focused attention on the development of Mihintale Raja Maha Viharaya.

PM’s Secretary Ekanayake instructed government officials to take necessary action promptly to declare the Mihintale Raja Maha Viharaya as a national heritage.

He further instructed officials to take necessary measures to provide state patronage to the Mahintale Mihindu Maha Perehara and to look into the possibilities to declare the Parinibbana day of Ven. Arhahath Mahinda Thera as a public holiday. Accordingly he instructed secretaries of Buddha Sasana, Social Affairs and Internal Affairs Ministries to forward a collective Cabinet paper in this regard.

Meanwhile, attention was drawn on fulfilling several other needs of the Mihintale Raja Maha Viharaya including establishing lighting system, providing sanitary facilities and improving infrastructure facilities including renovating road network and many more.

Ven. Walawahengunawewe Dhammarathana Thera said government officials should pay attention on protecting the Mihintale sanctuary, which is the first ever sanctuary in the world. The Thera said that waste water of Mihintale Campus drains directly to Mihintale Tank without undergoing any filtration process. The Prime Minister’s Secretary promised to take necessary measures in this regard since this is a huge impact to public health.

The Thera expressed special thanks to the Associate Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (ANCL) for the generous support for the Mihintala Aloka Pujawa for decades. ANCL General Manager Abhaya Amaradasa represented the company at the discussion.

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