SriDalada Maligawa Bomb Blast

By L.B.Senaratne

 

Today ( 25th January ) is a day of Thanksgiving that the Sacred Tooth Relic and the Sri Dalada Malgawa remains as the Palladium of the Buddhist World even after the LTTE cadres attacked this Holy shrine 23 years ago on 25th January 1998 around 5.30 am. It should not be regarded as an Anniversary.

After the damage of the Sri Dalada Malikgaswa the rehabilitation of the Sri Dalada Maligawas was by Public funds donated by people from all walks of life to the Maligawa Restoration Committee .said at that former Diyawadna Nilame Neeranjan Wijeyaratrne. who was in office,. The Government of the day did not allocate any funds when the restoration process was in progress, said the former Diyawadna Nilame when asked by the Daily Mirror on Sunday evening.

In 2001, the Government of Ranil Wickramasinghe donated 140 million rupees for the restoration programme, but by that time the work of the Sri Dalada Maligawa was completed. So on the advice of the Mahanayake fo Asgiri Verable Panditha Udugama Buddharakitha Thera work on the Palleklle Buddhist Internation Institue commenced, in time for the Buddha Janayanthi celebrations, with the construction allocated to the State Engineering Corporation, said the former Diyawadana Nilame Wijeyaratne.

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