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Despite Nuwara Eliya District Secretary Rohana Pushpakumara having requested the Buddha Sasana Ministry to suspend the annual pilgrimage to Sri Pada, the Chief incumbent of Sri Padasthana Ven. Bengamuwe Dammadinna Thera said on Monday that the pilgrimage would continue until the Vesak full Moon Day in May, as usual.

However, he said that it was up to the Budda Sasana Ministry to decide whether to suspend the pilgrimage or not.

The prelate who is also the chief incumbent of the Pelmadulla Raja Maha Vihara and the Chancellor of the Uva-Wellassa University said that Buddhists had visited the sacred mountain in the past with great sacrifices and even risking their life, without fearing natural disasters, threats from the wild animals and diseases.

"In fact many of them died of wild animal attacks and various diseases then" the Thera said.

Speaking to the media, he recalled that people in the past had visited the sacred mount, after handing over all their assets to their relatives, as they did not expect their return home.

He observed that people made these sacrifices in order to invoke the blessings of the Buddha and the God Saman and asserted that had they feared diseases or viruses such as the current coronavirus, people wouldn't have been climbing the sacred mountain for so long.

He described Sri Pada on the peak of which Buddhist believe Buddha had left his footprint, as a place where Buddha's supernatural power prevails. (Ranjith Rajapaksa and Lasantha Niroshan Perera)

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  • Ru Wednesday, 18 March 2020 09:27 AM

    What would have the Lord Buddha said? Màna is to the detriment of everyone.

    Saman Wednesday, 18 March 2020 09:40 AM

    The wisdom !

    Ronnie Bugger Wednesday, 18 March 2020 09:57 AM

    This prelate is full of crap. What he says is ancient and believed by people many many years ago, but not today. Since Siri Pada comes under the purview of the Buddhan Sasana Ministry, it is the Minister's obligation to cancel all Siri Pada activities forthwith.

    Ronnie Bugger Wednesday, 18 March 2020 10:01 AM

    This so called incumbent of Siri Pada probably see money, bags and bags of it coming off these pilgrims rather than trying to prevent a major health crisis. over to you, Mr. President.

    surasena Wednesday, 18 March 2020 10:27 AM

    If anyone wants to sacrifice, better stay at the Peak, return back to the society is not acceptable. People must act with social-responsibility regardless of the ill-advice of "interested parties".


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