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Colombo, May 14 (Daily Mirror) - Twenty more places of religious worship are expected to be gazetted this year as sacred areas, while nine places have already been gazetted so far, the National Physical Planning Department said.

Accordingly, the Uddhakandara Rajamaha Viharaya in Hambantota, Dambadeniya Rajamaha Viharaya in Kurunegala, Kotasara Piangala Rajamaha Viharaya in Moneragala, Weheragala Rajamaha Viharaya in Puttalam, Bambarakale Rajamaha Viharaya in Nuwara Eliya, Batapotha Sri Sudharshanarama Purana Viharaya in Colombo, Wanduruppa Theraputthabhaya Rajamaha Viharaya in Hambantota, Kadigamuwa Sri Nagavanaramaya in Kegalle and the Kshetrarama Rajamaha Viharaya in Matale will be gazetted as sacred areas.

The government plans to hold the National Vesak festival from May 21 to May 27 in Matale. The inauguration of the Vesak festival will be held under the patronage of President Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Sannas Pathra or official documents for the development of the Kshetrarama Rajamaha Viharaya, Matale as a sacred area will be handed over to the temple authorities by the President.

The notifications on the Henekadua Rajamaha Vihara, Hambantota and the Gonnawa Sri Vishnu Dewalaya, Kurunegala have been sent to Urban Development and Housing Minister Prasanna Ranatunga for his signature, the Department of National Physical Planning said.

Minister Prasanna Ranatunga pointed out that the declaration of a sacred site is done under three criteria. He added that the relevant departments have already been instructed to study the requests received so far to declare them as sacred areas, examine the problematic conditions and take the necessary steps to resolve such problems.

So far, 130 places of worship in Sri Lanka have been gazette as sacred areas. Kataragama was declared as the first sacred area in Sri Lanka on October 16, 1961 and this month the Kshetrarama Rajamaha Vihara in Matale will be gazetted as the 130th sacred area in Sri Lanka.

They said the approval of the Department of Archaeology, the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs and the survey plans of the respective areas are essential for publishing the gazette declaring them as sacred areas.


  Comments - 8

  • Nodaking kalakanni Tuesday, 14 May 2024 12:47 PM

    Good idea, otherwise ranil rajapaksa criminal syndicate will put them up for sale.

    Worried Citizen Tuesday, 14 May 2024 12:49 PM

    There;s no benefit in worshipping and it is not productive at all, so why do we need to waste resources for it? Please prioritize education, science and rational thinking.

    WHAT!!! RANATUNGA, THINKS ONLY BUDDHISTS PLACES OF WORSHIP ARE SACRED Tuesday, 14 May 2024 02:18 PM

    CAN WE HAVE THE BREAKDOWN OF THE 20 SACRED AREAS/PLACES OF RELIGIOUS WORSHIP AS PER BUDDHIST, HINDU AND CHRISTIAN AND OR OTHER PLACES OF RELIGIOUS WORSHIP? OR IS THIS A ACT OF DISCRIMINATION TOWARDS THE MINORITY? CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT I JUST READ. LORD HAVE MERCY ON THIS SCUMBAG.

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 14 May 2024 02:30 PM

    The sacredness of any place depends on the purity of the persons who visit them. When a rascal like Mahinda is allowed to walk into a religious place and even deliver a political statement at an equally impure audience grinning and accepting his activity, that place and its miscreants will never attain sacredness or holiness for the rest of their lives.

    Punchi Tuesday, 14 May 2024 04:02 PM

    Once this is done there will be a massive increase in the prosperity of our paradise

    Sambo Tuesday, 14 May 2024 07:32 PM

    Also don't forget the parliament where all are sacred.

    Kevin Wednesday, 15 May 2024 03:45 AM

    Good move at last. Long overdue.

    mnsmart Wednesday, 15 May 2024 09:16 AM

    Kelani Naagaya part 2


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