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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visited the Guruvayur Sreekrishna Temple in India on Saturday.

His wife Maitree Wickremesinghe and Sri Lankan Minister for Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs D. M. Swaminathan accompanied him.

The Prime Minister and his team arrived at the Sreevalsam Guest House of the Guruvayur Devaswom around 11-15 a.m. He changed into a traditional ‘Veshti’ and ‘Mundu’, and proceeded to the temple.

Guruvayur Devaswom chairman T. V. Chandramohan welcomed him with a bouquet at the East Nada.

He visited the sanctum sanctorum (which houses the main shrine or Moolavigrama, a Swarna Thidambu or idol made of gold and Panchaloha Thidambu or idol made of Panchaloha), and subsidiary shrines dedicated to Lord Ayyappa and Goddess Bhagavathy.

He offered ‘thulabharam’ (a ceremony in which an offering worth one’s weight is submitted to the deity) with sandalwood Melshanti (chief priest) Moorkkannur Sreehari Namboodiri offered ‘prasadam’ to Mr. Wickramasinghe and his wife.

Later, Mr. Chandramohan presented a mural painting and a figurine of Lord Krishna to the Sri Lankan Prime Minister. The Prime Minister also visited the Mammiyur temple in Guruvayur.

He told reporters he was neither pro-India nor pro-China and that his primary commitment was to protecting the interests of Sri Lanka. He said that a team of experts from Sri Lanka would soon visit Punnathurkotta, the Guruvayur Devaswom’s elephant sanctuary. He called for better ties between India and Sri Lanka.

The Prime Minister left the temple town around 12.30 p.m. Security in and around the temple was tightened in connection with his visit. Around 1,000 police personnel were deployed in the temple town.



The Premier and the delegation returned to Sri Lanka in the evening.

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  • Sammy Sunday, 19 April 2015 12:01 PM

    What do you mean by second line of Indian influence. Historically, almost everything has been Indian influence.

    kumara Ekanayake Sunday, 19 April 2015 08:31 AM

    good public relations excercise

    saman Sunday, 19 April 2015 08:42 AM

    Still nobody would vote for you! By the way, who is funding your pilgrimage?

    Esala Sunday, 19 April 2015 08:53 AM

    Soon he will take Tamil Nadu citizenship. Ayiyo sirisena.

    Patriot Sunday, 19 April 2015 09:06 AM

    Ane moth superstitious da like MR !!! :(

    Nims Sunday, 19 April 2015 10:20 AM

    Go to Dalada or Sri Maha Bodhi if you need blessings. Disgraceful to note that Prime Minister of a country is behaving like this

    poonil Sunday, 19 April 2015 11:08 AM

    Ware was.hallelujah.

    Citizen Sunday, 19 April 2015 11:28 AM

    Watch out! The sarong appears to be falling.

    John Fernandez Sunday, 19 April 2015 11:33 AM

    Indians are having fun making our politicians the biggest fools in the world.

    sam Sunday, 19 April 2015 11:45 AM

    Daaaaa. ...... He did not go all the way to India to visit a temple only. Anyway he is not a man who has too much faith in god. That was the cover up. There would have been a 1 to 1 discussion with an emissary of Mr. Modi as next week is crucial

    ANTON Sunday, 19 April 2015 07:40 AM

    HE WILL VISIT EVEN HELL THESE DAYS.

    JR Sunday, 19 April 2015 12:20 PM

    He never used public money for their private journies.

    Roger Sunday, 19 April 2015 12:49 PM

    I totally agree with you Sam, as he was meeting up with a few key figures in trying to settle the issues with fishermen and Tamil refugee transitions. As you mentioned he is not a GOD loving person as such but he respects all religions and peoples faith.

    Suren Sunday, 19 April 2015 01:11 PM

    Ranil Praying:" Dear Lord, Pls make me president. I can Never Win on my own. If only My3 Drops dead... I am so close. Third time lucky, they say..."

    MightyAnt Sunday, 19 April 2015 01:21 PM

    Ranil is from a well to do family. Unlike most politicians today.

    SL Sunday, 19 April 2015 01:28 PM

    No fools are us for reelecting each of these idiots.....

    SL Sunday, 19 April 2015 01:31 PM

    Sam, Roger who are we kidding. If he not been there for meeting modi he should have been in delhi not kerala. Aloso, wht he needs to spend about Rs. 20 mil for the sandlewood.

    Singhabahu Rathna Sunday, 19 April 2015 02:09 PM

    Unlike MR Ranil hails from a well off family and has his own private wealth to afford these private trips and donations. What is wrong in things what he does with his own money? He is a clean and uncorrupt man, the only learned gentleman we have in contemporary politics.

    Henry Sunday, 19 April 2015 04:59 PM

    looks as you handle his personal accounts...

    Prem Nath Tuesday, 21 April 2015 05:17 PM

    Ranil wants to give up politics but,the Ghost of Uncle JR is after him to stay on.

    Waco Sunday, 19 April 2015 01:42 AM

    Is it public money?

    Raalahamy Saturday, 18 April 2015 10:51 PM

    Asking for help from above for 19A ?

    Kumara Dharmarathne Saturday, 18 April 2015 10:51 PM

    Look like Prime Minister testing his luck for the coming general election. Ideal place to check the luck is people of this country. Work for the people,then they will vote you in.

    Namal Saturday, 18 April 2015 10:58 PM

    Ranil, take my word you are not going to be the PM after the coming election. I never agreed with Anton Balasingham but now i totally agree with him. You play game. I think CBK is the better PM than you and MR.

    Appuhamy Saturday, 18 April 2015 10:58 PM

    Oh God...Pl keep MR and GR away. ..

    Sri lankan Saturday, 18 April 2015 11:00 PM

    The second line of Indian influence in Sri lankan politics. .

    Oldie Saturday, 18 April 2015 11:45 PM

    Seems at least one is following MR now. via DM Android App

    Rodney Saturday, 18 April 2015 11:54 PM

    What is wrong with these politicians going after deities???

    Maithiri Sunday, 19 April 2015 12:13 AM

    Ranil, you will only become popular if you stop your cunning plans. You stab people at their back. Why dont you give up politics.

    Raj Sunday, 19 April 2015 12:32 AM

    Sandalwood worth 18.5 laks , whose money?

    MightyAnt Saturday, 18 April 2015 10:50 PM

    Delusion or the MR syndrome or both. Heading for defeat and it will not be a surprise at all.

    Nims Sunday, 19 April 2015 02:24 AM

    Hahaaa Look like Ranil already knows what his future would be. The last resort was a Temple in India of all those big people who failed in the past.

    duminda Sunday, 19 April 2015 03:19 AM

    All these political jokers in SILLY LANKA spend more time in temples and with astrologers when they come in to power without doing any notable thing to the country. What aN unfortunate country we live in

    Gamini Dullewe Sunday, 19 April 2015 03:46 AM

    what a joke....?

    Dayawathie Sunday, 19 April 2015 04:03 AM

    Yes Mr Wickremasinghe, enjoy everything while you got the chance. Not long to go.

    simon Sunday, 19 April 2015 04:44 AM

    " 100 days " grand finale

    Ceylonese Sunday, 19 April 2015 04:53 AM

    I thought only MR does these stupid things.

    Ram Sunday, 19 April 2015 06:08 AM

    Is it a sign of losing the next election? MR lost the Prez election in January2015 having attended a Temple in India

    Raj Sunday, 19 April 2015 06:56 AM

    Who paid for his trip? Hope he did under the yaspalanaya.

    sss Sunday, 19 April 2015 07:30 AM

    unless this is not a political move, fortune reading has come back to politics


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