Tense situ over historic temple reconstruction

21 April 2017 01:26 am - 17     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A tense atmosphere prevailed in Manikkamadu area, in Ampara yesterday when a group of Muslims protested against constructing a building for the historic Manikkamadu temple that has one of the Cheithiyas surrounding the Deegavapi Cheithiya. The protestors claimed that the land in question belonged to the Muslims in the area and not to the temple.

However the Maha Sangha including Chief Incumbent of the Manikkamadu temple Ven. Ambagahapitiye Seelarathana and Director of Pirivena Education North and East and Chief Incumbent of the Pulukunawa Rajamaha Vihara and the Aranthalawa Buddhist Centre Ven Kirindiwela Somarathana Theras said the a temple had existed there before the military conflicts and that they obtained permission from President Maithripala Sirisena and the relevant authorities including the Department of Archaeology, the Land Commissioner and the Government Agent.

Member of the Eastern Provincial Council Harris Samsudeen who came with a lawyer told the Buddhist monks that the building should be constructed with permission from the relevant authorities and that he was not aware that such permission had already been obtained.

Meanwhile ASP Manoj Ranagala who met the parties concerned said that the police would make a report to court in this regard to bring about a settlement. (Wasantha Chandrapala)

  Comments - 17

  • hisham Saturday, 22 April 2017 02:39 AM

    just wondering , if you are muslim/tamil/christian and bought the land legally doesn't that belongs to them, or anyone from majority community can claim it arbitrarily

    Rajun dun idam Saturday, 22 April 2017 04:25 AM

    This is what Ashroff did invade DIGHAVAPI lands that came from the Sinhala Kings.This must be stopped and Muslim expansionism must end soon

    Nimal Saturday, 22 April 2017 05:11 AM

    Muslims in Sri-Lanka, came during Pada Yarta and settled down in Eastern part of Sri-Lanka time to now they claim they own land in Sri-Lanka. They dont have any legal right to infer with Buddhist monks.

    SL Saturday, 22 April 2017 05:53 AM

    These Islamists shall be thought the history of Deegawapi . They have invaded the land belongs to temple and now protesting when old temple is rebuilt.

    SL Saturday, 22 April 2017 06:14 AM

    මෙතන අපේ රජමහා විහාරයක්‌ තියෙන්නේ. යුද්ධයට පෙර සිංහල පවුල් සීයයක්‌ විතර මෙතන පදිංචිවෙලා හිටියා. පස්‌සේ යුද්ධ සමයේ ඒ අය මෙතනින් ගියා. අපේ පන්සලක්‌ යුද්ධයට පෙරත් මෙතන තිබුණා. මේ වෙද්දී ඒ ඉඩම් හොරට බලපත්‍ර හදාගෙන අත්පත් කරගන්න හදනවා. මෙම ස්‌ථානයේ විහාරස්‌ථානය හදන්න අපි ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ සහ පුරාවිද්‍යා දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවෙන්, දිසාපතිතුමාගෙන් සහ ඉඩම් කොමසාරිස්‌ ඇතුළු නිලධාරීන්ගෙන් අවසර අරන් තියෙන්නේ. මේවා දිඝවාපියේ පරිවාර දාගැබ්, මේවා වසර සිය දහස්‌ ගාණක්‌ පරණ අපේ උරුමය. මේවා කාටවත් විනාශ කරන්න දෙන්න බැහැ. මෙම පුරාවිද්‍යා ස්‌ථානයේ පුරාවස්‌තු තිබෙන පර්වතය පාමුල කොහොමද ඉඩම් වලට බලපත්‍ර ලබා දෙන්නේ.

    shamon Saturday, 22 April 2017 06:15 AM

    Short sighted opportunistic politicians from both community will capitalize on this. via DM Android App

    Lal Friday, 21 April 2017 01:11 PM

    behaviour of Islamic extremists only give fuel to BBS and Ravana Balaya. Champika should intervene soon

    sinhabahu Friday, 21 April 2017 01:14 PM

    Since when this country has written land for the Muslim's ?

    Senarath Saturday, 22 April 2017 07:41 AM

    Muslim encroachment in this area has reduced the heritage temple land from 12000 acres to 655 acres. I think Champika and the Buddhists should go to sleep until the extremists take over the whole country like they did with Malaysia, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India which were erstwhile Buddhist countries. When will Sinhale have a Sinhala leader with a spine?

    squash88 Saturday, 22 April 2017 09:32 AM

    maybe people need to calm down and ask the question if the necessary approvals were taken for the construction and also to who does the land really belong to... via DM Android App

    TONY Saturday, 22 April 2017 11:21 AM


    Amila Tuesday, 09 May 2017 09:39 AM

    This is just the starting near future they will tell Sri Mahabodia is in a land own to muslim, time has come to open our eyes now.

    Montana Saturday, 22 April 2017 12:46 PM

    You Sinhabahu.since you and your parents eating grass this country .

    TUAN Saturday, 22 April 2017 01:19 PM

    @sinhabahu Muslims are also a part of Sri lanka and , Islam as a religion might have reached sri lanka 1000 years before but the ethinc group call "Lanka Yonaka" has been existing since kuvenis period and they are the majority of the people who embraced the islam religion and there are sinhalese and tamils also who converted to islam so whoever follow islam are muslims but muslim is not a ethinic group that's religion

    @TUAN Saturday, 22 April 2017 02:04 PM

    It is not the history but your misleading imagination.

    Ganesh Saturday, 22 April 2017 02:27 PM

    Some of the monks are under the impression the they can do anything and everything since most of the politicians are behind them to protect . These fanatic monks and politician should think of national unity rather than religious extremism

    Sheri Saturday, 22 April 2017 06:11 PM

    Very soon Muslims will take over this country legally.

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