The newly-constructed ‘Sanghawasaya’ (abode for resident monks) at Rankethgama Rajamaha Viharaya in Rankethgama, Vavuniya where more than 71 resettled families live, was ceremonially opened on Saturday (10).
Rankethgama temple of historic value was destroyed by LTTE terrorists many years ago and remained abandoned until former villagers returned to Rankethgama for resettlement after a government facilitated their resettlement.
Major General Boniface Perera, Commander, Security Force Headquarters-Wanni (SFHQ-W), amid religious observances unveiled the plaque and lit the traditional oil lamp together with Mr Athauda Gunerathne, Vice Chairman, ‘Success’ organization.
Financial support for construction was given by Ven Siyambalagaswewa Wimalasara Nayaka Thero (Rs 117,342.00) and ‘Success’ organization (Rs 832,812.00). Sri Lanka Army troops serving the 213 Brigade meanwhile spent Rs 901,640.00 for purchase of furniture and other accessories to the new building for the use of members of the Maha Sangha.
24 Sri Lanka Light Infantry (SLLI) troops, threw their full weight behind the project and built it with their labour.
A large gathering of well-wishers and representatives of many organizations attended the opening ceremony.