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Action against jumbo will affect Peraheras: Bellanvila Wimalarathana Thera

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The steps taken by the Wildlife Conservation Department and the environmental authorities regarding the owners of elephants were questionable, Chancellor of the Sri Jayawardenepura University and Chief Incumbent of the Bellanwila Rajamaha Vihara Ven. Bellanvila Wimalarathana Thera said.

He told the media during a meeting to organize the Esala festival that the temples were facing hardship for want of elephants for processions and other religious ceremonies.

Ven .Thera said the environmentalists in the country were at the beck and call of the Western elements and had little knowledge on Sri Lankan culture.

The elephants formed a part of the fourfold army of the ancient kings, but the environmentalists or animal lovers did not point an accusing finger at it. It is sad that the authorities have disputed the possession of elephants creating a serious crisis and the worst affected by it are the religious ceremonies at temples,” Ven. Wimlarathana Thera said.

Ven. Thera stressed the need to formulate a national policy on possessing elephants and tuskers or else it would result in serious consequences affecting the Sri Lankan culture. (H.M.Dharmapala and Kusal Chamath)

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  • Upali Wickramasinghe Monday, 13 June 2016 10:50 AM

    I had a lot of respect this priest, this is an anti thesis.Why do you need elephants and why do you need a perahera?

    lansur Monday, 13 June 2016 12:55 PM

    For wars we have tanks now. Ancient kings and temples were wrong to use Elephants for warring and pageantry. Temples can use vehicles, elaborately decorated of-course, and leave the Elephants to live their lives in there natural habitat....

    Manyshya Sunday, 12 June 2016 01:52 PM

    Stealing from the jungle is okay for perahar

    Arjuna Ranawana Sunday, 12 June 2016 02:20 PM

    Ven. Thero !,There is no issue with regard to trained and formed elephants for perahara. All issues are pertaining to the calf elephants. You had taken this is issue favorable to you and created unnecessary problem and perahara issue.This matter has created by members of JO and friends of former regime Theros.

    Veda-mama Monday, 13 June 2016 06:26 PM

    This is just a side support to the "Ali Case".


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