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The Ravana Balaya said today it would not permit the building of a shrine in memory of ‘Sita’ with funds from India unless a statue of ‘Ravana’- a mythological King of ancient Sri Lanka, was erected prior to the building of the shrine.

Speaking to Daily Mirror Online the movement’s convener Ven. Itthakande Saddhathissa Thero said they vehemently opposed any move to construct a shrine in memory of “Sita” while neglecting to gloryfy Ravana.

“No one can neglect the glory of Ravana. We don’t oppose any move to build a shrine in memory of Sita but that should only be done after erecting a statue of Ravana. If that does not happen we will not the building of any other shrine,” the monk said.

He denied that the organisation was racist or extremist and said it’s only goal was to protect the national heritage of the country.

Few days ago PTI quoted India’s Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan as saying that necessary approvals have been obtained from the Sri Lankan government and Indian government for the construction of a temple dedicated to goddess Sita at Divurumpola in Sri Lanka, a place believed to be associated with Ramayana.(Hafeel Farisz-DM Online)

  Comments - 51

  • Inium Tuesday, 04 June 2013 03:07 PM

    Funny people!

    NPJ Tuesday, 04 June 2013 11:42 AM

    Yes we don't have any other issues in Sri Lanka to worry about.

    DHA Tuesday, 04 June 2013 11:54 AM

    Isn't there already a statue at the trees ???

    Prasanjit Tuesday, 04 June 2013 12:00 PM

    Dont you know the number of Hanuman and Sitha Kovils already built in Sri Lanka? True, there is not even a single Ravana statue.

    DeSelva Tuesday, 04 June 2013 12:06 PM

    Sita imprisoned again.

    say something Tuesday, 04 June 2013 12:08 PM

    This is what happens when Organizations have no proper aims or policies. They protest for the sake of protesting and put their nose in everything.

    Here India is giving us something free. It is a norm when something is given free you accept in in good gesture.

    It would have been good for Ravana Balaya to keep their mouths shut and build a Ravana Statue on their own.

    sen Tuesday, 04 June 2013 12:11 PM

    We do have at Thavalanthanna.

    Galmul Tuesday, 04 June 2013 12:16 PM

    This is the time Sri Lanka need leaders like Sir John Kotalawala.

    sen Tuesday, 04 June 2013 12:12 PM

    True even soe monks need funds to build the teemples

    Sunil Gupta Tuesday, 04 June 2013 12:14 PM

    yeh kya ho raha hain?

    Raj Tuesday, 04 June 2013 12:28 PM

    Lord Buddha was born as a Hindu

    John Fernandez Tuesday, 04 June 2013 12:38 PM

    A small country full of statues wherever you go.

    Sri lankan Tuesday, 04 June 2013 02:50 PM

    I agree with you brother remember the past but walk towards the future.

    truth Tuesday, 04 June 2013 11:43 AM

    We don't know whether Ramayana was a real story or FICTION!!!
    One thing that we all see in real life is the suffering of the poor and the substandard life they are leading in Sri Lanka.

    Instead of building temples, why don;t we help the poor. You cannot promote Budhism by erecting statues in every junction. Learn to practice compassion, justice, non-violence etc. All the religions of the world teach the same thing!!!

    kandykolla Tuesday, 04 June 2013 03:14 PM

    Laambu kare..piyar karee !!

    Grace Tuesday, 04 June 2013 03:22 PM

    Don't you have other issues to concern at this moment?
    Peoples' attention is getting diverted. Good opportunity to increase prices

    Merv Tuesday, 04 June 2013 03:31 PM

    Someone please give these guys something useful to do with their lives.

    sarath Ananda Tuesday, 04 June 2013 03:37 PM

    keliya thappeta

    Kane Tuesday, 04 June 2013 04:16 PM

    Eve was not abducted by Adam. Ravana was a womanizer!

    Kane Tuesday, 04 June 2013 04:17 PM

    There is one at Munneswaram Temple in Chilaw.

    kapila Tuesday, 04 June 2013 04:55 PM

    king ravana is father of our nation, he is the greatest king in the world, we are proud of him

    Namal Baby Tuesday, 04 June 2013 05:03 PM

    I have 99 problems but Ravana ain't one...!!

    Amy Wednesday, 05 June 2013 02:17 AM

    Would you accept him even if he is the forefather of Tamils???
    He lived before the arrival Vijaya.
    Learn the history.

    old citizen Wednesday, 05 June 2013 08:35 AM

    Tit for Tat .Ludicurous

    Netizen Tuesday, 17 September 2013 09:41 AM

    Wasn't he a raksha?

    kumar Tuesday, 04 June 2013 10:11 AM

    Stupidity has no limits. Ravana is a Hindu Tamil King and a negative character. By ignoring all these facts these guys want a statue of Ravana just because he is from Sri Lanka.

    lkboy Tuesday, 04 June 2013 09:29 AM

    of course yes. how could there be Eve before Adam?

    mail_guy Tuesday, 04 June 2013 09:34 AM

    As a hindu I want both the temples.

    Ramzeel Tuesday, 04 June 2013 09:40 AM

    Ravana Balaya thinks that this shrine is the TOP priority for Sri Lanka. They should go to the distant village temples and see to the needs of the poor monks who are there even without alms.

    ලන්කපුත Tuesday, 04 June 2013 09:48 AM

    dan ravana ahin dakapu okkoma peliyata enda ravana ambanda

    AF Tuesday, 04 June 2013 09:49 AM

    moda joke!! What will happen to Seethaeliya then??

    ANTON Tuesday, 04 June 2013 09:45 AM


    mercy Tuesday, 04 June 2013 09:48 AM

    i also need a church , others , mosque etc etc

    CROW Tuesday, 04 June 2013 09:53 AM




    Anu Tuesday, 04 June 2013 09:56 AM

    Ravana was a devoted Siva baktha. Of course his temple should be constructed.. Vibushana was a traitor should he be venerated?

    PRASANNAJIT Tuesday, 04 June 2013 09:56 AM

    Why are these monks getting involved in unnecessary things. Buddhism is going to get readicated from Sri Lanka.

    KD Tuesday, 04 June 2013 10:00 AM

    How about a roof over the head and some bread for all the poor children who will sleep under bridges tonight with empty stomachs? Confused and delusional, when will you see the reality and practice what you preach?

    rationale Tuesday, 04 June 2013 10:05 AM

    Raise of evil started in Sri Lanka... Remember ravana is not a buddhist he is a Hindu and a demon narrated by history.. Where the hell our country is heading to know?

    el Tuesday, 04 June 2013 09:28 AM

    We also need to build a statue of Hanuman... to glorify Hanuman too :)

    Mouth agape Tuesday, 04 June 2013 10:07 AM

    And for every new tit there should be a tat!

    Poor Lankan Tuesday, 04 June 2013 10:10 AM

    both Ravana and Sita are Hindu, so you want to build 02 Hindu kovils instead of 01. Are we seriously Buddhists ??

    Prabath Tuesday, 04 June 2013 10:48 AM

    Please don't bring any from India. Here we have enough Gods

    unchikun Tuesday, 04 June 2013 11:12 AM

    Why are we arguing over a fairy tail.

    GC Tuesday, 04 June 2013 11:18 AM

    Is worshipping people like Ravana a part of Buddhism?

    GC Tuesday, 04 June 2013 11:19 AM

    I agree. Why are our people living in the past, worrying about legends, when there are much more important things and the future to worry about?

    weera Tuesday, 04 June 2013 11:21 AM

    I am a Buddhist and I need not either Rawana Or Seetha Temple. Buddhist temples in the country are enough. Please help the poor people either Tamils or Sinhalese with this money.

    Fayad Tuesday, 04 June 2013 11:28 AM

    Please mention few thing ravana balaya had done other than objecting IPL,halal,13th amentment ,building of sita shrine, Etc.
    Still the IPL cricketers are waiting for Ravanas rotten eggs

    hb Tuesday, 04 June 2013 11:29 AM

    RavanaBala people, seriously apart from eating daane everyday have you ever meditated or done anything which the lord buddha has preached?

    Vertex Tuesday, 04 June 2013 11:34 AM

    What about a cow and donkey beside statues. Venerate cow and drink donkey milk for showing more patriotism. Lord Budhdha would have wept by looking at these "Sowan Monks" Do not insult Budhism please.....

    srinath.gunaratne Tuesday, 04 June 2013 11:38 AM

    Morons, Morons and morons

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