Amarapura Chief Prelate says country’s temples at risk

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Chief Prelate of the Amarapura Maha Nikaya, Most Ven. Dodampahala Chandrasiri Thera noted that it is not possible to maintain temples in pitch darkness as they could be at the mercy of thieves during the night.

Speaking about the Government’s decision to increase electricity tariffs for religious places, the Ven. Thera noted that this could stop devotees from visiting temples while wearing jewellery as they could fall victim to robbers, and that it is not possible to brighten up Buddhist temples islandwide with only candles.

The Chief Prelate opined that the President and the Government must seriously look into the plight faced by temples nationwide in the face of the recent hike in electricity tariffs.

The Ven. Thera added that authorities must formulate a system to provide some form of relief to temples facing immense hardships.

He further warned that if temples were to shut their doors during the night it could force the public to shun visiting temples and that such a situation will not augur well for the wellbeing of the faith followed by the majority in the country.

By Amith Gamage