Tue, 28 Mar 2023 Today's Paper

Issues in Kataragama Devalaya solved

28 August 2017 06:32 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The problems evolved from the tense situation that occurred at the Kataragama Devalaya was solved after the discussions held with the chief Kapu Mahattaya, Somipala Ratnayake and five other Kapu Mahattayas, Buddhist Affairs Commissioner Nimal Kotuwegedara today said.

Speaking to journalists, he said that the shortcomings which were prevailing with regard to the possession of the keys had ended up with proper solutions; in addition to that, he said the problem was aggravated with the interference of Kataragama Maha Devalaya Basnayake Nilame D. P. Kumarage on August 22.

“Although the Basnayake Nilame could not participate in the discussions, we will let him know the outcome of the meeting and hope he would agree with the decisions taken at the meeting,” he added.

Meanwhile, the chief Kapu Mahattaya, Somipala Ratnayake admitted that the issue had been concluded with pertinent solutions and adding that they did not bother the absence of the Basnayake Nilame at the meeting.

“We are happy that the crisis has been successfully resolved but still we insist that the Devalaya Basnayake Nilame should resign following his misbehavior at the Devalaya premises and the misuse of the Devalaya money and possessions” he said.

However, the Basnayake Nilame D. P. Kumarage refuted the allegations made by Chief Kapu Mahattaya and said that he had accomplished his duties fairly well without grabbing anything from the Devalaya.

“I am happy about the decisions taken at the meeting with the head of Buddhist Affairs Commissioner and I determine to render my service with the possible way I can without corruption,” he added. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

  Comments - 8

  • ANTON Monday, 28 August 2017 07:03 PM


    Chan Monday, 28 August 2017 08:24 PM

    It should have been solved by the Kataragama God.

    Gamarala Tuesday, 29 August 2017 11:33 AM

    All Gods are imaginery created by humans. Religious Zealots have always been immune to empirical evidence or logic."Religion was created when the first scoundrel met the first fool." - Voltaire

    Dickie bird Monday, 28 August 2017 10:31 PM

    Now who is the new God whop is able to settle this dispute?Washing dirty linen public, is'nt is a disgrace and an insult to the Deities of Kataragama.Then better offer poojas first to the Incumbant at carlton prior to visiting kataragama which is on the way.

    Ram Tuesday, 29 August 2017 03:00 AM

    It is the habit now not to accept the malwattiya without the minimum sum of money. How can the poor make these payments. After all God Kataragama is not after money. The malwattiya or the tray of fruits as pooja where part of the tray of fruits is returned is acceptable and the parts left behind must be given to the poor. God kataragama will be too happy then.

    Rama Tuesday, 29 August 2017 11:36 AM

    All dieties are imaginery, only in the mind of the believer. "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities" - Voltaire

    Gamarala Tuesday, 29 August 2017 11:41 AM

    Religion is a disease on this planet followed and believed by idiots, who choose to ignore simple factual evidence. Eventually all religions will fade away and we can get on with our lives without the fictitious story tellers dictating how we live out lives.**************************************************************************how we live out lives.

    Hemaka Tuesday, 29 August 2017 07:31 PM

    I believe the true god is within us,humankind and also the devil.There are times when we unleash the both sides of our true nature.

Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.

Reply To:

Name - Reply Comment

Import of South Indian eggs: Sri Lanka walks on Indian eggshells

With the increase in egg prices the government decided to import eggs to regu

Wokeism: Is it destructive, or are you afraid of change? A response

In order to critically discuss a movement, we must first understand its etymo

Defeat in Ananthapuram Battle denoted the LTTE’s end

Many battles were fought during the long war between the Sri Lankan armed for

Wokeism: A Weapon of Mass Destruction?

When can one say they’ve had enough of being in a state of ‘wokeness’ a