500 Hindu temples damaged in North during war with LTTE

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 16:12

Colombo: More than 500 Hindu temples in Sri
Lanka were damaged during the war with LTTE and the Tamil
National Alliance has demanded that these be reconstructed.
More than 500 Hindu temples in Sri
Lanka were damaged during the war with LTTE and the Tamil
National Alliance has demanded that these be reconstructed.
Voicing the demand to renovate the temples, TNA`s leaser
S Yogeshwaran said in the country`s Parliament that many Hindu
Kovils (temples) in the North and East were damaged during the
time of military operations.

More than 500 such Kovils need to be reconstructed, he
said

Yogeshwaran also told the House that there were about
1,543 Hindu Daham Schools in Sri Lanka and teachers there were
undertaking classes voluntarily and that they should be given
a payment by the government.

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan Prime Minister D M Jayarathne said
foreign aid will also be obtained to develop religious places
in north and east provinces in addition to government
allocations.
Renovating of religious places in those provinces will be
initiated soon, he said.

The premier was speaking at the committee stage debate on
Islamic religious affairs held at the Parliament complex.

It may be recalled that in July last year, the Vishwa
Hindu Parishad at a meeting in India had urged the Sri Lankan
government to reconstruct the temples damaged during the war
with the LTTE.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 16:12

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