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Archaeology Dept prohibits development of Hindu temple in Vavuniya

Sri Lanka's Archaeology Department has blocked the development of the Aathy Iyanar temple in Vedukkunaari Malai, Nedunkeni-Olumadu in Vavuniya district. 

Residents had sought to worship and carry out building works on the temple on Vedukkunaari Malai ahead of the temple's annual festival from September 7 to 9. 

However, Department officials have informed Nedunkeni police that it would be prohibited and that residents could build a temple 400m away from the original site. 

Tamils pray at ancient mountain Hindu temple

Last month the Archaeology Department had acquired a large swathe of land in Nedunkerni which encompassed the temple lands and banned civilians from accessing it. 

Angered residents and worshippers protested against the take over last month, launching a demonstration outside the Vavuniya North Divisional Secretariat on August 21.