Jan 25, 2019

Court suspends constructions at M’tivu temple Featured

Courts have ordered the suspension of constructions by a group of Hindus at Gurukanda Purana Rajamaha Vihara in Mullaitivu.

Mullaitivu magistrate S. Leninkumar issued the order yesterday (24), according to lawyer for the Buddhist temple Rohan Thalpawila.

The magistrate order the director general of archaeology to submit a report regarding the temple to the next hearing.

Chief incumbent of the Vihara Ven. Kolamba Medhalankarakitti Thera said a group of Tamils who had come in two tractors with goods forcibly built a hut in the temple premises on January 14.

They had claimed they had come to celebrate Thai Pongal in a Kovil there.

When opposed, they gave calls and many people and the police came.

The prelate says a Pradeshiya Sabha member by the name Raviharan is provoking the Tamils against the Buddhist temple.

He also says the temple had a long history, the sacred tooth relic was brought there and had five Stupas which were destroyed during the war.

The Archaeology Department has gazetted a 93 acre area as temple property on 16 August 2013, he says.

During the war, Tamils built a small Kovil in front of the temple and they are now giving it as the reason for their claim, he adds.

The Thera said the construction of a Buddha statue too, has to be suspended due to the court order.

According to TNA MP Charles Nirmalanathan, Tamils had a traditional kovil in the premises of the Buddhist temple, which he claims was built by the Army after the war.

(Pics: Madhava Kulasuriya, Vavuniya)