JHU monks besiege historic Munneasvaram Siva temple in Chilaapam

[TamilNet, Thursday, 11 October 2012, 17:16 GMT]
The Sinhala Buddhist extremist monks party, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), which is a constituent of the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA), has been blocking the construction of ten-storied front tower (Rajakoapuram) of the several centuries old Munneasvaram Siva temple in Chilaapam (Chilaw) district in the North Western Province, according to the chief priest of the koayil, Mr Pathmanabakurukka'l.

Pathmanaba kurukka'l has said that the temple authority had made an application to the Madampe Divisional Secretary in May 2012 seeking permission for the construction of the front tower to the ancient temple.

However, Madampe DS has not given permission to the temple authority up to now.

During the preliminary work for the Rajagopuram construction, an ancient scripture was found and the Department of Archaeology has now said it belongs to Buddhist culture.

Meanwhile, Buddhist monks have begun to claim that a Bo tree found in the site proved that the area where the ancient Hindu temple is situated belongs to Buddhists and that no foundation should be constructed at the place for the Rajakoapuram.

The Saiva community in the area is perturbed over the twist of the history of the koayil by Buddhist monks and the SL Department of Archaeology.

The temple sources quote a statement made by the Jathika Hela Urumaya parliamentarian Ven. Ellewela Meththananda Thera to the media that the site where Munneasvaram temple is situated is a ‘sacred area’ for Buddhists.

Further, Buddhist monks say that the place where Vinaayakar temple is situated was earlier used by Buddhist monks as their residence and the Cheddiyaar Madam was used as Buddha Chaitya.

Temple sources say no permission is needed from the Divisional Secretary of the area to construct a Vihare but permission is needed for the construction of a Saiva temple in the traditioal Tamil homeland, which is under the colonial occupation by the Sinhala Buddhist unitary state in Colombo.


Chronology:

 

Latest 15 Reports
24.09.16 16:10   Photo
15,000 Tamils attend historic uprising in Jaffna, reject Unitary Constitution, ITAK draws flak
23.09.16 23:35  
Tamil POWs denounce Colombo's latest announcement, continue fast
22.09.16 22:26  
Mobilisation towards ‘Ezhuka Thamizh’ uprising in Jaffna gains momentum
21.09.16 18:56  
Sinhala colonists step up assaults on Tamil cattle herders in Batticaloa
20.09.16 22:55  
‘Reconciliation prospects’ look as grim as ever: Rev Fr Mangalarajah
19.09.16 23:02  
Tamil POWs relaunch hunger-strike, urge cases to be heard at Jaffna, Vavuniyaa
18.09.16 19:42  
Colombo deploys discrimination in housing assistance to Peasaalai war-affected families
17.09.16 22:18  
SL Intelligence sabotages NPC-organised medical inspections on ex-LTTE members
16.09.16 23:16   Photo
Catholic Peace Mission in Jaffna challenges Colombo’s propaganda on ‘reconciliation’
15.09.16 22:06   Photo
Maharaja TV promotes genocidal military culture through ‘welfare’ projects in North-East
14.09.16 23:42   Photo
Sinhala colonists advance 3 km further into Batticaloa, erect 2nd Buddhist temple in 1 year
13.09.16 17:19  
Sirisena's Forest Department escalates appropriations of lands from Tamils in Vanni
12.09.16 07:12  
Colombo's desecration of Tamil Heroes Cemetery comes to light as SLA vacates Kanakapuram
11.09.16 23:46  
Lawyers demand UN action into allegations of Colombo deploying chemical substances on POWs
10.09.16 09:20  
Colombo’s Fishing Ministry accelerates structural genocide with EU ‘certificate’
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=35650