The Sri Lankan army organised alms giving stalls at the Tamil Hindu Sivarathri festival at several temples in Jaffna.
|Soldiers in civil handing out coffee and biscuits to Tamil devotees (Photo: CIMIC Jaffna)|
A military website reported on the "Dansala", a Sinhala term meaning alms giving stall:
"On directives of Commander Security Force Jaffna – SF (J) Major General Mahesh Senanayaka, 515 Bde has organized Dansala at Rajarajeswari Temple in Palaly, SithyVinayagar Temple in Arasady, Kandasamy Temple in Maviddapuram to distribute Biscuits and Coffee for the devotees who presence at the festival."
"Similarly,troops of 15 SLNG organized a Dansala at Siva Amman Temple, Thirunelvely, to distribute Coriander tea for devotees. On the day of festival, troops have assisted to devotees by providing water, transport, sanitary and other facilities as requested by the priests at the meeting held recently."