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Sri Weerathungaramaya gets Rs 11.4 m shrine room

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday opened a new shrine room at Sri Weerathungaramaya in Madihe, Matara to coincide with the 2600th Sri Sambuddhathwa Jayanthiya. Over Rs. 12 million had been spent to construct the new shrine room at the temple.

The access road to the temple was also developed on President Rajapaksa’s directive. The President participated in religious observances after a brief conversation with the temple’s Chief Incumbent Ven Devalegama Sumanarathana Thera. The dhamma sermon was delivered by Ven Saputhanthri Kande Sumangala Thera.

Speaking on the occasion on behalf of President Rajapaksa, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, said the government in its effort to create a society with moral values, will provide assistance to religious places.

He said the President’s presence at the opening ceremony is an honour to villagers. He said five temples in the village are functioning well.

Weeratunga said that the President starts and ends his day’s by paying homage to the Buddha at the shrine room at Temple Trees.

The Secretary to the President recollected the era when the Matara district was underdeveloped.

He said that the government led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa developed Matara district through various roads and infrastructure projects.

He said the road network in the district has been fully developed. Ven Medagama Abayathissa Thera, Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Rehabilitation, Prisons Reforms Minister Chandrasiri Gajadheera, and Economic Development Deputy Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Parliamentarians Hemal Gunasekera and Sanath Jayasuriya were present.

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