SL minister not allowed to enter Lingaraja Temple in Odisha: Report

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Minister of Buddha Sasana Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, who was in India last month, was not allowed to enter the famous Lingaraja Temple in Odisha, India, Indian media reports said.

According to India's Financial Express, the temple pandas, had refused to allow him entry to temple as he was not a Hindu. "They did not relent even after he clarified that he was a devout Buddhist," it said.

Minister Perera relayed his experience at a conference organised by the Kalinga International Foundation at Bhubaneswar, to an embarrassed audience.

The foundation’s chairman, former foreign secretary Lalit Mansingh, apologised profusely on behalf of his state, it added.

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  • Rana Sunday, 01 April 2018 07:36 PM

    Oh God... look at the temple's name... now you'd understand why the guy was so eager to visit the temples despite not even being hindu... lol

    sach Sunday, 01 April 2018 07:45 PM

    why did he go there if he was a devout Buddhist?

    Arnold Sunday, 01 April 2018 10:53 PM

    What else, other than breaking coconuts to curse the people he hates.

    neil Sunday, 01 April 2018 07:58 PM

    Good> Why buddhists need toworship other religions. He should have told he was hindu not buddhist. Unfortunetly like politics good and bad our buddhits also had become real accharu

    Kasyapa Sunday, 01 April 2018 08:10 PM

    One who once prohibited Pandals celebrating Lord Buddha on the very day of Wesak is treated with "Dittadhammavedaniya Kamma" immediately. Sadly the bad Kamma you committed won't be paid off with one instance but to continue throughout your journey of Sansara unless you attain Sowan now.

    mohamed Sunday, 01 April 2018 08:22 PM

    Now let see the comments of our readers - it its was mosque what would have been the situation

    lankan Monday, 02 April 2018 11:47 AM

    this happened in a another country, srilankan hindu temples anyone can enter, come and pray there once, your disgusting behavior might change! :) stop hating people for their race, stop spreading hate around! good day sir!

    weera Sunday, 01 April 2018 08:30 PM

    Hindus didn't allow Buddhism to flourish in India.

    Away Sunday, 01 April 2018 09:09 PM

    Buddhism follows Dharma much closer due to placing less importance on gods. Only a few Hindu sects are this close to Dharma

    Rohan Sunday, 01 April 2018 09:16 PM

    Well. How did they know in the first place that he was not a Hindu? He was not allowed because he said he was a Buddhist from Sri Lanka. You know why.

    Daily boru Sunday, 01 April 2018 09:17 PM

    These are pure Buddhists in sri Lanka.

    Just asking Sunday, 01 April 2018 09:21 PM

    Why do Buddhists want to go inside Hindu temples?Ain't enough apologising in their own temples?

    rajitha7 Sunday, 01 April 2018 09:39 PM

    I am quite glad he was asked to leave. It's quite sad being the Minster of "Buddhist Affairs" having no clue there is no place for God worship in any form.

    A.N.G. Oliya. Sunday, 01 April 2018 10:10 PM

    Why he has gone to see Animal Gods in India , if he is Buddhist? Load Buddha Clearly advised to not to become a "Mithyadhrusty" . He should retire now and think of his next birth.

    Sri Lankan Citizen Sunday, 01 April 2018 10:19 PM

    Buddhist are behind other gods boc's, Buddhism is a philosophy and it does not have gods. This is the bitter truth !!.

    Aneymanda Sunday, 01 April 2018 10:35 PM

    Meanwhile, my mother who is devout Buddhist cannot go to the "Uda Maluwa" of Scared bodhi tree Mr. Minister.

    Sri Sunday, 01 April 2018 11:18 PM

    Hinduism is known as sanadhana dharma, or the eternal truth in sanskrit and in holy scriptures.

    Sam Monday, 02 April 2018 08:28 AM

    Buddhist foreigners need to pay to go to the temple in Sri Lanka. That's not right either. Fix problems at home.

    Kiri Gamarala Monday, 02 April 2018 10:34 AM

    May be the Trustees of the Temple were expecting John A, the Lingaraja of Sri Lanka.


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