Buddhist temples to go dark on Wap Poya

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The North Western Province Sangha Council has ratified a proposal to carry out a total blackout of all Buddhist temples countrywide during the Wap Full Moon Poya as a protest against the ‘unjust increase’ in electricity tariffs of religious places by the Government.

Ceylon Today reliably learns that the Sangha Council has taken this decision due to the ‘unreasonable hike’ in electricity tariff by the Ministry of Power and Energy of religious Institutions islandwide.

Ven. Galaha Sirisantha Thera stated that the ‘unfair spike’ in electricity tariff of religious institutions could be a well-coordinated conspiracy hatched by outside forces who intend to place religious places of worship in darkness during significant Poya Days for Buddhists such as Vesak and Poson.

BY Kumudu Upul Shantha