Secretary to the President Saman Ekanayake emphasised that the government is bound to protect Buddhism according to the constitution.
He further mentioned that according to the instructions of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, steps have already been taken to provide necessary facilities to the students studying history as well as to doctors and professors and to establish a centre to study Sri Lankan history.
Ekanayake conveyed these thoughts while attending the presentation ceremony of scroll memoranda related to the areas declared by the National Physical Planning Department through the Gazette as “Pujabhumi” this morning (27) at the Presidential Secretariat.
Secretary to the President Saman Ekanayake presented the “Puja Bhumi” scroll memoranda for five temples and a devalaya with archaeological, historical, and sacred significance.
He also requested the venerable Maha Sangha to respect the right to practice other religions freely and not fall prey to the efforts of some to create religious conflicts in the country.
The scroll memorandum for declaring the Welgama Rajamaha Vihara as a “sacred site” was presented to the Chief Incumbent, Ven. Ampitiye Seelawansa Tissa Nayaka Thero, and the scroll memorandum for declaring the Meegammana Rajamaha Viharaya, which is located in the Meegammana village of Pathadumbara Valley, as a “sacred site,” was presented to the chief incumbent of the temple, Ven. Maninggamuwe Wimala Keerthi Sri Sumanajothi Piyarathana Nayaka Thero.
Also, the scroll memorandum declaring the Gangodawila Sri Vijayarama Rajamaha Viharaya in Kolomthota Gangodawila village as a “sacred site” was presented to the Saddharma Keerthi Sri Ven. Amunumulle Jinarathana Thero, while the Papiliyana Sunethra Mahadevi Piriwen Rajamaha Viharaya was presented with the scroll memorandum to declare it as a “sacred site” to the Chief Incumbent Venerable, Prof. Medagoda Abhayatissa Nayaka Thero.
Also, a scroll memorandum declaring Minneriya Mahasen Rajamaha Viharaya as a “sacred site” was presented to Ven. Matale Udugama Saddhananda Thero, the Chief Incumbent of the temple and the scroll memorandum declaring the Medagoda Sri Siddha Sath Pattini Devlaya as a sacred site.