Bellanwila Wimalaratana Thera hospitalised

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The Ven. Bellanwila Wimalaratana Thera was admitted to the Kalubowila Hospital after he was injured in an alleged attack by the temple’s tusker.

A spokesman for the Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya said the Thera was found lying near the elephant either having slipped while feeding the elephant in the morning or pushed aside by it.

The monk was rushed to the hospital by the devotees who were present in temple at the time. The devotees were concerned that the fall might have broken some of his ribs.

Meanwhile, Kalubowila Hospital sources said they were still not certain whether the elephant had attacked the monk, who was later transferred to a private hospital. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • Nirmal Friday, 02 February 2018 01:40 PM

    at the time of the attack alleged that the elephant was drunk.

    Godfrey Ranasinghe Friday, 02 February 2018 01:41 PM

    Never to trust wild animals. He was a Rajapaksa man.

    Unchikun Friday, 02 February 2018 02:02 PM

    He is the Chancellor of the Sri Jayawardhanapura where dogs were poisoned and kill just before Vesak a few years ago. Was silent when this was exposed in the media. Got his own medicine. No need for any more medicine at the Kalubowila Hospital.

    Nethra Friday, 02 February 2018 02:08 PM

    This can't be the animal attack,but may be slipped away and due to the age the body can't resist the weight and the fracture would have happen.Let him recover quickly.

    Alston Saturday, 03 February 2018 12:11 PM

    Animals are animals nothing scred in them

    B. Sivarajan Friday, 02 February 2018 02:16 PM

    A comment in poor taste. A person of whatever religion, cast or creed being injured shouldn't be taken as a joke. Shame on you

    s.k. perera Saturday, 03 February 2018 11:42 AM

    You are a tribal type thinker, no religion is given permit to violate the rights of animals.

    Dalu Banda Friday, 02 February 2018 02:20 PM

    When I was 10 years old, I was suddenly beaten by next door child by hitting to my head, by a stick. When I complained to my father about the pain in my head, he gave me a valuable advise. He advised me not to thrust 3 characters. They are ; Small children, Dogs and Elephants. I realized the true nature of his valuable advise when I little matured. I am very grateful my late father for his good guidance.

    ANTON Friday, 02 February 2018 02:23 PM

    SOME MONKS ARE ALLOWED TO KEEP ELEPHANTS , SOME MONKS ARE PROHIBITED TO KEEP ANIMALS, WHAT IS THIS POLICY......

    SL Friday, 02 February 2018 02:49 PM

    do not bother about it.You've much worries about affairs in catholic church ! .I do know what is your breed,for centuries Sri Lankans have been keeping domestic elephants.like your queen keep horses in Buckingham palace

    QUINTUS Friday, 02 February 2018 02:45 PM

    MR is to visit you

    ase Friday, 02 February 2018 03:01 PM

    is this the retribution against animal cruelty as in Buddhismus ?? not even Buddha was pardoned for his karma.

    Saman Saturday, 03 February 2018 06:37 PM

    Learn to write Buddhism first. Then learn about Buddha to see what you’ve said is true

    Ajja Friday, 02 February 2018 03:07 PM

    Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

    Lord Wolfstein Friday, 02 February 2018 03:24 PM

    A temple is not the right place for an elephant.

    SL Friday, 02 February 2018 03:56 PM

    Time to release all poor elephants in captivity. Then all will be safe. Keeping elephants in captivity is against true Buddhism. No animals should be harmed.

    Joseph Friday, 02 February 2018 04:35 PM

    I am not a Buddhist. But I have high regard for this priest May he recover soon from his illness

    Ajja Friday, 02 February 2018 06:12 PM

    by reading the comments ..I see only very people like B.Sivarajan and Joseph as Human beans and feel sorry about others

    Justica USA Saturday, 03 February 2018 12:54 PM

    Butter bonchi or green. Beans? Human being*

    dd Friday, 02 February 2018 06:18 PM

    The basic foundation of humanity is compassion and love.What kind of comments are these people are posting?

    Saliya Weerasinghe Friday, 02 February 2018 06:48 PM

    This is one of patriotic and educated Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka who love the country. I wish him soon recovery.

    Raja Friday, 02 February 2018 06:52 PM

    Help the one who is in need, if you can.But if you can't, at least be yourself. Do not attack him.

    Dayani Friday, 02 February 2018 09:14 PM

    I have seen these animals being mistreated at this temple. Maybe it is revenge or retribution.

    Martin Milton Saturday, 03 February 2018 07:25 AM

    This is typical. Why blame the poor Elephant? This the way animals end up being mistreated and killed. Extremely inappropriate in a so called 'Buddhist' country like Sri Lanka. Best ask the Reverend what happened and you will have the answer. If indeed the Elephant was to blame, one needs to determine why. And any concerned humans should make tremendous amends to this Tusker for being chained in 'custody' most of his life. The animal is NOT to be blamed. They will NEVER attack for no reason. MM

    rohani Saturday, 03 February 2018 08:04 AM

    DO YOU KNOW THAT ELEPHANTS ARE VERY GOOD ANIMALS. THEY KEEP IN MIND THEIR ATTACKERS AND TAKE REVENGE, BUT NOT FROM ALL SO BEWARE

    Janaka Saturday, 03 February 2018 08:54 AM

    Temple of cruelty. Elephants should live free not chained in a temple Janaka

    Madushi Saturday, 03 February 2018 10:38 AM

    I wish him a speedy recovery..Reply : 11 13

    Rampage. Saturday, 03 February 2018 01:17 PM

    The elephant ? Its been in captivity for a long time than be roaming in its space. There was an English movie by Gamini Fonseka regarding Elephants

    ඇත්ගොව්ව Saturday, 03 February 2018 11:18 AM

    ඉක්මන් සුවය පතමු. දිට්ට ධම්ම වේදනී කර්මය පල දී, සත්ව හිංසනයේ ආනිසංස ලැබී ඇත. කැලැවල නිදසහසේ සිටිය යුතු අහිංසක සතුන් දම්වැල් දමා හිර කර රදවා තබා ගැනීම සත්ව හිංසනයකි, අපරාධයකි, මනුෂ්‍යත්වයට නිගාදීමකි. පන්සලේ ලොකුකම පෙන්වීමට අහිංසක සතුනට හිංසාදී සිර කර තබාගැනීමට බුදුන් වහන්සේ කෙදිනක හෝ උපදෙස් දුන් බවට සාක්ෂි නැත.

    Indrajith Saturday, 03 February 2018 12:11 PM

    After seeing the video in the "Sri Lankan Mirror" I feel sorry for the beautiful Animal who has been chained to a huge tree to completely restrict its movement. This is absolute animal cruelty.

    Rohan Saturday, 03 February 2018 06:50 PM

    All those who justicfy the ven. Monks passed away as a good rerun as the temple is holding an elephant,Better ask yourself this.How many innocent cows that Muslims kill to elevate eid, how many goats that Hindus kill to celebrate Hindu festival and how many turkeys that the Christians kill to celebrate Christmas.None of the Buddhist festivals kill any animal at all. Yes I’m against keeping elephants too. But all non Buddhists who speak against Buddhist's keeping elephants, first clean your own backyard before you talk about the dust in Buddhism.

    Nayanta Pandita Saturday, 03 February 2018 06:57 PM

    Lord Buddha has never advocated maintaining elephants in temples. I am at a loss to understand this practice at Buddhist Temples.

    nadeera Monday, 05 February 2018 12:36 PM

    May the venerable thero now be showered with light and be better aware of the need for love and compassion; and may we bless all the captive elephants with love, compassion and freedom.


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