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Kataragama Devalaya Basnayake Nilame removed

10 April 2018 01:42 pm - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Basnayake Nilame of Ruhuna Kataragama Devalaya, D. P. Kumarage had been suspended from his post, Minister of Buddha Sasana Gamini Jayawickrama Perera said today.

Mr Kumarage was elected as the Basnayake Nilame of the Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya in 2015.

Mr Kumarage, a businessman from Kandy, was elected as the 11th Basnayake Nilame of the Temple uncontested at the election held at the District Secretariat of Moneragala on April 28, 2015.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror Minster Jayawickrama Perera said the Basnayake Nilame was temporarily suspended for three months.

“He was suspended following several complaints received by the Ministry by the devotees and the Kataragama Devalaya Management,” Minister said.

Meanwhile, Dilruwan Rajapaksa was appointed as the Acting Basnayake Nilame for three months.

After the inquiry was held, if Nilame D. P. Kumarage cleared from the charges, he would be re-appointed, he said.

Meanwhile, the Minister ordered to record the daily collection generated from cash and gold of the Devalaya.

The decision was taken to set a good precedence to other Devalayas in the country, the Minister said. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 4

  • ANTON Tuesday, 10 April 2018 01:55 PM


    muniwara Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:19 AM

    Millions of devotees are contributing Billions of Money assuming those funds are utilizing only for the development and maintaining those religious locations and the clergies and not certainly to someone's personal gaining. There is a major issue is remaining that who is responsible for stopping 'cheating of public money' and how to control those robberies?

    weera Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:15 AM

    Gullible people fall prey to crooks everywhere.

    Imtias Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:31 AM

    What if the devotees are asked to offer fruits

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