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Three youth seek hereditary rights to Kataragama devalaya

Three sons of former Kapurala (caretaker of the devalaya) of the Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya have filed a lawsuit in the Colombo District Court seeking a declaration that they have the hereditary rights and a legal heritage to hold the post of Kapurala at the Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya.

The plaintiffs Anuradha Bandara Adhikaram, Roshan Anuruddha Adhikaram and Devinda Seevali Adhikaram, sons of former Kapurala Pathmasiri Adhikaram have filed this lawsuit naming several parties including five incumbent Kapuralas of the Devalaya as respondents.

Plaintiffs stated that his family has been claiming for the post of caretaker of the devalaya since the reign of king Kavantissa (205-161 BC). They further stated that king Dutugemunu had appointed their great grand father named Nandimithra Adhikaram as a caretaker to perform rituals.They claimed that their family held the post for over 2300 years. In this lawsuit, the plaintiffs alleged that the five incumbent Kapuralas are not suitable for the post of Kapurala since they have no hereditary claim or right to hold this respectful position.

This lawsuit has been filed through counsel Pramod Polpitiya.

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