President Maithripala Sirisena says restoration and protection of ancient monuments is essential as it showcases Sri Lanka’s rich and unique culture, social advancement and economic progress even during ancient times.
He said so while opening the 1500 years old Sandagiriseya, one of the oldest stupas of Sri Lanka for the worship of Sri Lankan and other Buddhist devotees in the entire world.
He said that the best way to project that Sri Lanka is the nation of civilized and cultured people even during ancient times when even today’s technologically advanced societies were living in backward conditions.
The President also said that he would instruct the relevant officials to take early steps to set a modern museum for display and protection of ancient objects of cultural heritage discovered in Ruhunu Magampura Region.
The President thanked the ministry and the Central Cultural Fund for painstaking restoration work completed very successfully to conserve this Sandagiriseya. He also unveiled the plaque of the newly restored chaithya. The President also called on the Chief Prelate of Kirivehera Ven. Kobavaka Damminada Thero.
The occasion also was addressed by the Sanga Nayaka of Matara and Hambantota districts Ven. Dr. Devalegama Dammasena Nayaka Thero, Ministers Sajith Premadasa, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, and the Director General of the Central Cultural Fund Prof. Prishantha Gunardana.
The ceremony was attended by former First Lady Mrs. Hema Premadasa, Ministers Mahinda Amaraweera , Wijayadasa Rajapakhsa and the Former Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa.