Minister lays foundation for Samadhi Buddha Statue
Minister of Power Mahindananda Aluthgamage laid the foundation stone
for a Samadhi Buddha Statue (18 feet in height) at Siripada Privena in
the main entrance to the Railway town of Nawalapitiya in order to
commemorate his parents, late Mr. Aluthgamage, former MP for
Nawalapitiya and late Mrs Aluthgamage.
The estimated cost of the construction work of the "Samadhi Buddha
Prathima" is Rs. 1 million which would be borne by the family members of
late Mr. S. Aluthgamage.
Addressing the meeting that followed the laying of the foundation
stone Mahindananda Aluthgamage said that according to the agreement, the
construction work of the Samadhi Buddha Statue would be completed in six
months. It would help adorn the town Kalutara Bodhi and Getambe Viharaya
which are at the gateway of the two main towns, Kalutara and Kandy.
He said the Chief Incumbent of the Privena had taken much effort to
make the dream a reality. He had been undergoing untold difficulties for
a considerable number of years for this purpose.
Aluthgamage said thousands of pilgrims bound to Sri Pada break
journey here. This Buddha Statue will be higher than that of
Anuradhapura Mahamevuna Uyana Samadhi Pilimaya. This is 18 feet in
height. I feel it had been a shortcoming for many years that there had
been no such Buddha Statue here. No public or state funds will be
Ven. Kurunegala Piyarathana Thera, Chief Incumbent made an "Anusasana".