Jan 16, Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on an inspection visit to the Kuragala sacred area has instructed the relevant officials to expedite the reconstruction work of the historic Buddhist monastery.
Kuragala Sacred Area is located in the Kaltota Valley, 30 km from Balangoda in the Sabaragamuwa Province. The prehistoric archaeological site with ruins of an ancient Buddhist cave temple complex, dates back to the 2nd Century BC. The Monastery covers 30-40 rock caves, some capable of holding 2000-3000 people. The Kuragala sacred area where the great Arahats lived has been declared an archeological reserve.
President Rajapaksa visited the Kuragala Sacred Area this afternoon (16) and inspected the construction work of the Dagaba, Buddha Statue and Dharma Hall.
The development work of the Kuragala temple premises is being carried out under the leadership and guidance of Ven. Wathurakumbure Dhammaratana Thero, the founder of the Nelligala International Buddhist Center.
The President inspected the construction work and instructed the relevant officials to expedite the construction of the road network around the sacred area and the Dharma Hall which is designed to accommodate 2,000 seats.
President Rajapaksa also spoke to the people present at the site and inspected the surrounding area.
Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Governor of Sabaragamuwa Province Tikiri Kobbekaduwa, Member of Parliament Akila Ellawala, Chief of Defense Staff and Commander of the Army General Shavendra Silva were also present.