Seruwawila temple, a World Heritage site
SERUWAWILA: The Historic Seruwawila Temple was declared a World
Heritage site through UNESCO, at a preliminary discussion which took
place yesterday at the Ministry of Co-operatives and Co-operative
Development on the initiative of Minister of Co-operatives and
Co-operative Development and Deputy Minister of Local Government and
Provincial Councils, M. Najeeb Abdul Majeed at the request of Chief
Priest, Ven. Seruwawila Saranakitti and the Patron of the Board of
Trustee, Ven. Munwatte Mettarama.
At the meeting, the Chief Priest of the temple, Ven. Saranakitti,
emphasised the importance of declaring this temple, which was built in
260 B.C., as a World Heritage through UNESCO due to its Archaeological
value. The Ven. Thera also pointed out that the Minister's leading role
in this process will further help strengthen communal harmony and peace
of the country.
The Minister' stressed the Archaeological value of the temple and
commended the temple for associating with the various religious
communities in the area and the helpful role it plays in the community
Archaeological Commissioner, Director General of the Central Cultural
Fund, Director of the National Archives and the Director of the National
Physical Planning also participated.