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Sri Lankan military and Buddhist monks open temple expansion in North-East

Sri Lankan navy officers and Buddhist monks held a religious ceremony in Nainativu, where the extension of a Buddhist temple was officially declared open last week.

The “alms hall” of the Purana Rajamaha Viharaya, situated in the Jaffna peninsula islet, was declared open on the Buddhist Bak Full Moon Poya Day. According to the Sri Lankan navy, construction of the hall was carried out by “civil engineering personnel of the SLN”.

The Sri Lankan navy continued to say the construction, “fulfils (sic) a long-felt need of the historic temple and enables devotees to offer alms to the Maha Sangha at a spacious building, which is equipped with all facilities required for the purpose.”

Local schoolchildren were also present at the Buddhist temple, where Sri Lankan navy officers donated gifts.

See more from the Sri Lankan navy here.

See our earlier post:

Continuing militarisation of Tamil school children across North-East (17 Feb 2015)

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