SL Police intensifies restrictions on Saiva devotees at disputed ‘chaitya’ hilltop in East

[TamilNet, Thursday, 10 October 2019, 23:31 GMT]
The SL Police has started to impose restrictions on Tamil devotees putting up a temporary shed during the annual six-day fast of Kantha Shasti which is to take place between 28 October and 02 November 2019 at Kun'raththoor-malai Murukan temple in Choodaik-kudaa in Trincomalee. The chairperson of the board of trustees of the temple of Murugan deity at Maththa'la-malai, Mr T Jegatheesan, said the SL Police was demanding the board to utilise direct permission from the SL Archaeology Department.

Maththa'la-malai
The location of Maththa'la-malai in Kooniththeevu, near Champoor in Moothoor East of Trincomalee district
Maththa'la-malai
Maththa'la-malai
Although the SL Department and the monks were in dispute with them since December 2017, putting up a temporary hut at the hilltop was not taken up as a problem last year, he said.

The temple is located on Maththa'la-malai in Koonith-theevu, situated near Champoor in Moothoor East of the Trincomalee district.

SL Police invited the trustees and the devotees for a meeting last month, and the people took up the matter with them.

Around 20 devotees observe the fast continuously throughout the six days staying at the locality along with several other devotees attending prayers throughout the Shasti days.

The dimension of the temple hall is 7 meters length and 3 meters in width.

The temporary hut is a must as it is a rainy season, he said.

The Tamil devotees started to re-construct the destroyed temple for Murukan deity in August 2013. The SL Ministry of Hindu Affairs had also funded the operation of the temple until 2017.

The SL Archaeology Department is claiming that the entire hilltop, including the traditional Murukan temple of the village deity of Tamils, as a [Sinhala] Buddhist site of archaeological heritage.

Maththa'la-malai
The location of Maththa'la-malai in Kooniththeevu
Moothoor East
Moothoor East [Image Courtesy: British made One Inch Map, revised in 1972 by 'Sri Lanka' Survey Department]
Maththa'lamalai
View from Maththa'la-malai hilltop towards the sea and and the settlements in Koonith-theevu
Maththa'lamalai
View from Maththa'la-malai hilltop towards the sea and and the settlements in Koonith-theevu


Chronology:

 

Latest 15 Reports
18.10.19 23:43   Photo
Monk backing Gotabhaya wants Tamil owners to stay away from their lands in interior Batticaloa
17.10.19 19:14   Photo
SL Police resorts to violence in grabbing lands of Tamil fishers in Batticaloa North
16.10.19 23:19   Photo
Chennai Connect and Eezham Tamils reminding Tamil Nadu to assert Tamil geopolitics
15.10.19 23:50  
Colombo destroys dairy-farming economy of Eezham Tamils in Batticaloa
14.10.19 23:48   Photo
Tamil parties in North-East stipulate ‘acid test’ terms to SL presidential candidates
13.10.19 22:15   Photo
SL Governor's latest land grab poses danger to archaeological traces of Eezham Tamils
12.10.19 22:23   Photo
Monks step up campaign against Muslims, want to carve out Sinhala colony in Ampaa'rai
11.10.19 22:07   Photo
Vote for Self-Determination, reject major candidates for more effective boycott
10.10.19 23:31   Photo
SL Police intensifies restrictions on Saiva devotees at disputed ‘chaitya’ hilltop in East
09.10.19 20:17  
Indian Coast Guard trespassed into waters off Jaffna, 18 fishers detained since 03 October
08.10.19 18:43  
Divisional Secretary, TNA MPs must act to release Chegnchoalai lands: civil activist
07.10.19 23:12   Photo
Heinous act by HRCSL: former orphans of Chegnchoalai on the brink of losing lands
06.10.19 12:21  
EPDP joins Jaffna protest against desecration of Neeraaviyadi temple
05.10.19 22:06  
Families inheriting lands from parents refused of land registration in Moothoor East
04.10.19 21:50  
SL Archaeology, Police continue to disturb Tamils’ right to worship at Vedukku-naa'ri hilltop
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=39601