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Ven. Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thera passed away

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Venerable Prof. Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thera passed away at the age of 77 while receiving treatment at a private hospital in Colombo today.

The Thera was admitted to the Colombo South Teaching Hospital yesterday and then transferred to the private hospital in Colombo, following an accident which had taken place at the temple.

Meanwhile, Venerable Dr. Bellanwila Dhammaratana Thera rejected the reports that Venerable Prof. Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thera was attacked by the temple’s tusker. 

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  • Daham Saturday, 03 February 2018 01:20 PM

    Passing away of Venerable Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thera will surely open the eyes of the society to stop animal cruelty by keeping them chained to huge trees.

    Gayan Saturday, 03 February 2018 01:52 PM

    Dont bring your politics to this sad situation.

    lakshman Maddumahewa Saturday, 03 February 2018 03:23 PM

    I agreed what the Daham said.

    Senannayake Saturday, 03 February 2018 09:22 PM

    Gayan what does Politics have to do with the cruel practice of chaining an elephant to a tree? This has nothing to do with Politics

    G D Saturday, 03 February 2018 09:29 PM

    Sorry Gayan, This has nothing to do with politics. The Thera was a good influence on all and it is a pity that he had to be attacked by the temple elephant. Let this be the begining of the end to a cruel practice of chaining animals.

    GH Saturday, 03 February 2018 11:28 PM

    Animal cruelty is nothing to do with politics, it is an absolute FACT! What is said by Mr. Daham is ACCURATE!

    sasindu Saturday, 03 February 2018 01:29 PM

    very sad :(

    Wewala Saturday, 03 February 2018 01:44 PM

    People should vote out elephants.

    Dils Sunday, 04 February 2018 04:04 AM

    Who do we vote for

    Senanayake Saturday, 03 February 2018 01:53 PM

    The results of animal cruelty! Chaining a wild animal for pomp and pageantry is not the way of the Buddha. Let them live freely.

    Manoratna Saturday, 03 February 2018 04:37 PM

    And get killed by gun shots .. falling into wells or eating hakkapatas

    Janaka Saturday, 03 February 2018 02:01 PM

    That elephant, dumb as he is, has sent out a firm message that animals are also entitled to their freedom.Animals should be free in the wild not torchured in temples.Janaka

    Hema Saturday, 03 February 2018 05:05 PM

    Elephants are not dumb in terms of intelligence. Just thatthry csnnotexpresd themselves except by action

    ananda Saturday, 03 February 2018 02:22 PM

    We are so sad to hear the untimely demise of venerable Thero. May he attain supreme nirwana. via DM Android App

    athiru Monday, 05 February 2018 08:12 AM

    Hi Ananda, are you sure he would attain supreme nirwana; when he is responsible for causing misery to a poor elephant by chaining to a tree when it should be leading a carefree life in the jungle, its true home?

    Suni Saturday, 03 February 2018 02:32 PM

    I agree with Daham 100%

    Suhada Saturday, 03 February 2018 02:37 PM

    It is a great loss for mother sri lanka. feel very sad. Such a educated and bold monk...

    dinnon Saturday, 03 February 2018 02:44 PM

    RIP. Another passing away of our very learned Buddhist Priest and a wonderful person no one can match. He has been called to a to a better place from our corrupt and dirty society

    Ajja Saturday, 03 February 2018 03:46 PM

    Releasing Elephants will surely not solve animal cruelty .The very people who talk of animal cruelty are good animal flesh eaters.

    Irene Saturday, 03 February 2018 04:29 PM

    Our heartfelt condolences on the demise of Venerable thero! May thero attain eternal peace!Please let the elephants have their own freedom in the jungles. No one likes to be a prisoner. They try to show it by their actions because they cannot talk.It’s high time to give them their own rights!Thank you.

    Manoratna Saturday, 03 February 2018 04:45 PM

    A rev. Monk with rare qualities .. leadership, intellect and fearlessness.May he attain the supreme bliss

    ANTON Saturday, 03 February 2018 05:19 PM


    Lankaputha Saturday, 03 February 2018 05:49 PM

    What ever happened it is a very sad news. Please let us all pray for him .

    Unchikun Saturday, 03 February 2018 06:41 PM

    Now the people who are sad can realize how I felt when the harmless and helpless dogs in front of the Sri Jayawardenepura where killed by poisoning. The resul Can fast and crisp.

    Iqbal Saturday, 03 February 2018 06:47 PM

    He was one of the forthright Buddhist religious leader and always in the front when it comes to promoting ethnic harmony. His passing away surely will be felt among all peace loving citizens.

    PATRIOT Saturday, 03 February 2018 06:55 PM


    Ahmed Saturday, 03 February 2018 08:10 PM

    This is not the time to pin point about Animal rights. It is also important but now when such an important and respectable person has passed away we have to show our condolences as it is a great loss for the country. He was a great man who was against racism.The problem with our people is that they don’t know where to talk what. Let’s Change

    Yeti Saturday, 03 February 2018 08:32 PM

    It is indeed sad news. May he attain Nibbana. Passing away of the Ven. Thera is also an eye opener to temple authorities that hold these majestic animals in chains depriving them of their freedom to roam their habitat!

    Ranjan Sunday, 04 February 2018 09:07 AM

    RIP..! So do v have a National holiday tom.?? ;)

    Palugaswewa Sunday, 04 February 2018 12:11 PM

    According to eyewitnesses TheThera was attacked ( partially trampled) by the elephant. This is the truth.But I do not understand why all these monks where never at the scene (even the late Thera) try to cover up the truth.Is it that they think it is a shame to say that he died due to an attack by his own elephant?

    Ben Sunday, 04 February 2018 12:17 PM

    Elephant may have suspected some evil going happen to him.Remmeber we had politicians some time back wanted to destroy a certain number of elephants to win over the elephant symbol party

    Wijitha Senadeera Sunday, 04 February 2018 01:01 PM

    May he attain Nirwana. Animals got wild instincts some times they show and reacts. That is the nature.

    SL Sunday, 04 February 2018 02:54 PM

    Ven.Thero was real asset to the whole nation.So sad of his untimely demises. My he attain supreme nibbana

    Jay Monday, 05 February 2018 10:36 AM

    Time to release all domesticated elephants to the wild or sanctuaries, Real Buddhist must not use domesticated animal for any kind of religious activities. If Buddha live today , he will be the 1st person to ban this actives. Most SLankan Buddhist are ignorant and arrogant . Please note I am Sinhalese- Buddhist ,

    Almeda Monday, 05 February 2018 11:09 AM

    Venerable Dr. Bellanwila Dhammaratana Thera has lied about the accident. Musawada.

    nilmini gunasekara Monday, 05 February 2018 03:01 PM

    may he attain Nirwana

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