Sep 03, 2021

SLBC drone sent over Ruwanweliseya to capture 'divine lights', causes outrage

A drone flying over Ruwanweliseya in Anuradhapura, during a live broadcast of the chanting of Rathana Sutra by the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) has caused outrage, 'Sri Lanka Mirror'  learns.

The incident, which had taken place on Aug. 31, had eventually been mediated by the police.

Chief incumbent of the Ruwanweliseya (Chaithyaramadhikara) - Ven. Pallegama Hemarathana Thero has protested over the act and the incident has been brought under control with the intervention of the police, who had taken custody of the drone.

The drone was controlled by Sagara Sampath, a social media advisor for SLBC and owner of an internet radio channel.

The drone had been sent to capture 'divine lights' (Devatha Eli) which is strong believed to appear while pirith is chanted near the Ruwanweliseya, reports say.