Author Archive for Kamalika Pieris

BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 17Cc

Wednesday, May 15th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS It is suggested that since the north and east of Sri Lanka have become Hindu and Tamil, Tamil opposition to Buddhistization should be given serious consideration. The restoration of archaeological monuments should be done in such a way that the interests of the Tamils living near them are not affected. Since they are […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 16Dd

Tuesday, May 14th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Himalayan declaration met with immediate opposition from Tamil Separatist Movement. The Himalayan move drew swift condemnation from TNPF MP Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam and former MP Suresh Premachandran (EPRLF) while the TNA distanced itself from it.  An influential section of the Tamil community, and some prominent nationalist organizations, also rejected the Declaration, said Shamindra Ferdinando. […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 16Dc

Tuesday, May 14th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Himalayan Declaration”, was sprung on the public in 2023, as a solution to the ethnic issue. It was prepared by an assortment of Sangha   and an assortment of Tamil Separatists working together without any publicity. The Buddhist assortment, called Sangha for Better Sri Lanka (SBSL) is a group of Maha Sangha from […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 16Da

Monday, May 13th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS The arrival of Buddhist monks in the north and east is not something new. Buddhist monks were reclaiming the North and East for Buddhism during the period of British rule too. Ven. Kohukumbure Revata went into thick jungle amidst many difficulties in search of the Dighavapi chaitya, said Ellawela Medhananda. He had cleared […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 17Ca

Sunday, May 12th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Tamil Separatist Movement has met the claims of the Buddhists, by issuing a counter statement which is a mirror image of what the Buddhists are saying.  Buddhists say that Buddhists was there in the north and east before the Tamils. The Buddhists built the Buddhist monuments. Then these monuments were destroyed by […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 17Cb

Sunday, May 12th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS Tamil Separatist Movement has managed to create a doubt in the minds of the public regarding the Buddhist claims for the north and south.   The word Kovil” has now come into discussions on Buddhist sites in north and east. That is something new. Tamil Separatist Movement claims that there were ancient Hindu kovils […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 17B.

Saturday, April 20th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Kurundi issue has created an interest in the archaeology of Sri Lanka. Siran Deraniyagala said that   Sri Lanka’s archaeological heritage is divisible into Prehistoric (Stone Age) Protohistoric (Iron Age) and historical periods. This covers an estimated 1 million years or more. The Iron Age appeared at about 1000 BC and the historic […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 17A.

Thursday, April 18th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS Buddhists in Sri Lanka should be made aware of the stature of Buddhism in the Asian region when discussing the Kurundi issue. Buddhism enjoys a unique place in Asian history as the single shared experience among half the world’s population. No other movement has equaled the degree to which Buddhism has affected nearly […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 12F2b.

Wednesday, April 10th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS Eelamists maintain that Koneswaram kovil in Trincomalee is a very ancient kovil. The British accepted that statement without question. Pridham in his book ‘Historical, political and statistical account of Ceylon’ (1849) wrote about Koneswaram temple in Trincomalee, saying it was regarded with great reverence by its devotees.   The temple is said to have […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 12F2a.

Wednesday, April 10th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Tamil settlers   brought in by the British administration in the early 20th century, to colonize the north and east, entrenched the Hindu religion in those two areas. Then they started to say that Hinduism had been in the north and east from ancient times. They said that according to legend there were […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 12F1.

Tuesday, April 9th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS Talk shows on Kurundi invariably led to the question, Was there a kovil at Kurundi?” This ensures that in any discussion on Kurundi, the word Kovil also gets a mention. This is significant. Hinduism is now starting to run parallel to Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Hinduism, originated in India in   the Vedic period […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 14Gd

Friday, March 15th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS Senior nurse Somawathi recalled that as the morning progressed the crowd was swelling to uncontrollable levels at Ampara   Base hospital, a large crowd had gathered in the public areas of the hospital .people were visibly upset Bhikkhus from Sri Vidyananda Pirivena, Mahawapi Vihare and from all around Ampara began arriving at the hospital […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part  14Ge

Friday, March 15th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS The intention of the LTTE in their Arantalawa attack was to destroy the Sri Vidyananda Pirivena. But the opposite happened. The late Indasara was  promptly  replaced by his pupil, Ven. Kirindiwela Somaratana. Ven. Somaratana  had recently left Sri Vidyananda Pirivena to pursue his higher studies at the Kelaniya University.  He returned immediately to […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 14Gf

Friday, March 15th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS After the Arantalawa massacre, the government offered one-time compensation to the victims’ families: Rs. 25,000 for the slain adults and Rs. 15,000 for the slain children. Even by 1987 standards, this was a paltry sum, observed analysts. Some families, such as Ven. Indasara‘s family, rejected the offer. But, most of the families of […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM PT 14Gc

Thursday, March 14th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS Gunaratna and Jayakody have given a full description of the massacre of samaneras at Arantalawa.   Gunaratna and Jayakody have interviewed persons who were   physically present at the massacre and obtained first person information.  .They speak of the joyful preparations and happy start to the charikawa, and then describe the massacre, as it was […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM PT 14Ga

Thursday, March 14th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS There was a deep hatred of Buddhism within the Tamil Separatist Movement. Buddhists seem unaware of this, though it is clearly visible.  It is right under their noses.  This animosity is not new. I saw it as a schoolgirl in the 1950s in Kandy, both in my school and in the area where […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 14Gb

Wednesday, March 13th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS Sarita Gunaratna and Dinesh Jayakody (2022) have provided a comprehensive, well-researched and heart-rending account of the brutal murder of samaneras at Arantalawa by the LTTE on June 3rd, 1987. The   essay is titled The Saffron Children: Massacre of samanera: Aranthalawa, 35 years on”. The link is https://sundaytimes.lk/online/opinion/The-Saffron-Children/158-1137728 The account was compiled using the […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 16C.

Thursday, March 7th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS  It is the bhikkhus who single handedly looked after neglected   Buddhist viharas whenever Buddhism was suppressed and lacked state support. They deserve special mention. Bhikkhus looked after neglected viharas during the British administration. Ven.Dambagalle Ratanapala took up residence at Malayadi kanda vihara in 1912.  The stupa at Bellagama Raja Maha vihara was renovated […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM PT 16B.

Sunday, March 3rd, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS Sarath Weerasekera   once angrily    invited   the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL)   to visit the North and observe how the Buddhist ruins are destroyed and Chaithyas razed to the ground. The archaeological officers are threatened with death. Court cases are filed, and in the case of Kurundi, they obtained the help of Mullaitivu […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 16A1.

Thursday, February 29th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Buddhist lobby set out to re-establish Buddhism in the Northeast when the Eelam war ended in 2009. They were helped in this task by the army. The Buddhist lobby started off by setting up Buddha statues. Buddha-images were planted triumphantly in Tamil areas of re-conquest” lamented Tamil Separatist Movement.  By 2012 the […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 16A2.

Thursday, February 29th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS Buddhist lobby made it a point to celebrate Wesak in the Northern Province. Wesak celebrations were organized in Jaffna in 2005. Religious activities were at Naga Vihara and Kadurugoda temple. Large crowds had thronged to Jaffna for Wesak to view the celebration. There were lanterns and dansala at the Alfred Duraiyappah stadium. Jaffna […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 15.

Wednesday, February 28th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Tamil Separatist Movement angrily noted that a process of BUDDHISIZATION and SINHALISATION started in the north and east from the year 2009. Buddhist temples were being constructed in places where no Buddhists reside and outside Sinhala Buddhist people” were being settled in Tamil villages, the Tamil Separatist Movement complained.   The Tamil Separatist […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 14F

Thursday, February 22nd, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS There is a tug of war going on in the north of Sri Lanka between the Buddhist and non-Buddhists over   Buddhist temples in the north. Neither side is prepared to give in. The Buddhist temples at Navatkuli( Jaffna) and Vadunagala ( Vavuniya) have faced strong opposition. In 2009 57 Buddhist families were brought […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 14C

Sunday, February 18th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS The main strategy used to suppress Buddhism in the north and east, was to place Hindu kovils within Buddhist ruins. Kovils were set up on Buddhist structures. Hindu kovils have been built over many of the Buddhist shrines, said Medhananda.There was a historical precedent for this. Ama Wanniarachchi reported in 2022 that recent […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS  AND  EELAM  Part  14D

Sunday, February 18th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS In 1983, Cyril Mathew prepared a 167 page document, titled An appeal to UNESCO to safeguard and preserve the cultural property in Sri Lanka endangered by racial prejudice, unlawful occupation or willful destruction.” The book also contains information on 24 selected sites, with supporting documents, showing the destruction of these Buddhist monuments.  Among […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS  AND  EELAM  Part  14E

Sunday, February 18th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS When destroying Buddhist ruins,rock inscriptions were specifically targeted. They were sought out and deliberately destroyed. They were usulaly  broken into peices,  failing which,  words were tarred or obliterated.Mundikulammale in  Ampara had rows of caves with inscriptions. these had been shot and destroyed. The damage done is extensive. Buddhist ruins at Niyankullukama were shot […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 14A

Thursday, February 15th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Tamil Separatist Movement has shown strong opposition to the presence of Buddhist temples in the north and east. Tamil Separatist Movement   vehemently objects to the construction of Buddhist temples and demands their removal. Tamil Separatist Movement   objects to construction of new Buddhist temples, Buddha statues and shrines. It objects to   the presence […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 14B

Thursday, February 15th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS Strategic Buddhist sites in the northeastern region have been turned into ‘Contested Sites’ by the Tamil Separatist Movement. The most recent Contested Site was Kurundi, but there were two  before that. In January 2019 a group of about 200 persons led by northern politicians stormed the precincts of Gurukanda Raja Maha Viharaya in […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS AND EELAM Part 13B5a.

Saturday, February 10th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS According to the Mahavamsa, the Buddha visited Sri Lanka thrice.  His second visit was to Nagadipa to settle a quarrel between Chulodara and Mahodara over the possession of a gem-studded throne. .Nagadipa is therefore one of the solosmastana, the 16 places of worship to which Buddhists go on pilgrimage. Mahavamsa records many Buddhist […]

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BUDDHIST VIHARAS  AND  EELAM  Part  13B5b.

Saturday, February 10th, 2024

KAMALIKA PIERIS Jaffna  already has a vihara which could be used for a solosmastana pilgrimage, Naga Vihara. I am unable to find out the year in which  this vihara  was established. My guess is that it would have been built in the 1950s or possibly late 1940s when Buddhist worship was  sent  across the sea […]

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