Gota notes bravery of the monks

Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appreciated the braveness of Buddhist monks during the war.

A statement by the Ministry of Defence today quoted the Defence Secretary as saying that the Maha Sanga (monks) in Nagadeepa and Dimbulagala never fled away from their temples although the stay in those places was at a critical point due to terrorism.

He said this after opening the Buddhist Cultural Centre, the ‘Methsevana’ at a religious function held at Pilana, Chanchawala in Galle yesterday.

The Buddhist cultural center is dedicated to restore the values of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Defence said.

Chancellor of the University of Ruhuna Ven. Pallattara Sumanajothi Thero presided over the religious proceedings.

The Methsevana was constructed and offered to the monks by Michael J.A Kreitmeir of Germany.

Expressing the importance of a cultural center, the Defence Secretary said that the initiatives taken by Maha Sanga in this nature is highly appreciated and is a timely need of the society.

“He reiterated the importance of role played by the Maha Sanga in supporting, encouraging and guiding the war heroes in safeguarding the motherland throughout history,” the Ministry of Defence said.