The Sri Lanka government has taken many steps to develop the temples and the National Government under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena will take these activities forward, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
He made these remarks at a ceremony held to grant funds to 150 Rajamaha Viharas at Temple Trees yesterday (15th Aug.). He said this is the first step in conserving the Rajamaha Viharas.
The temples in remote areas will not be able to survive if they are not provided funds and the government is dedicated for that, he said. “There will be economic problems in the country. But, by now we have establish some controls over the economy. Therefore, while developing the country we should give a portion for such work.”
Wickremesinghe said that the government will also repair the Ran Viyana (Golden Roof) of the Temple of the Tooth Relic.
Meanwhile, Wickremesinghe added that the government will complete work on the Mahavihara within the next 10 years. It will also grant USD one million to develop places of religious worship in Nepal during the years 2018-2019, he said.