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Ancient Tamil temple not off-limits but under Archaeology Dept control

Sri Lankan police have said that access to an ancient Tamil temple in the Vavuniya district would not be restricted as previously announced, but that the land on which the temple is situated would still be under the control of Sri Lanka’s Archaeology Department.

After warning locals that the Aathi Aiyanar temple on Vedukkunari Malai in the Nedunkeni-Olumadu area was off-limits and that trespassers risked arrest, Nedunkeni police clarified on Sunday that the temple could still be accessed by worshippers and visitors.

However any changes such as constructions or refurbishments would not be allowed to take place without Archaeology Department approval, Nedunkeni police said.