Ranil to visit Indian temple for religious observances

Tight security will be in place as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visits the Sri Mookambika Temple at Kollur in Udupi district in India tomorrow.

The Hindu newspaper reported that Wickremesinghe will arrive by helicopter from Bengaluru at Areshiroor near Kollur at around 11 a.m. He will then go to the Mookambika Temple guesthouse.

He will be given the traditional “purna kumbha” welcome at the entrance of the temple.

He will then participate in the “mangalarti” ritual at the temple. Later, he will participate in a “chandika homa” and offer the “purnahuti” at the “homa kunda” at around noon.

After lunch, he will leave by helicopter to Bengaluru at 1.30 p.m.

The Prime Minister’s wife, Maithree Wickremesinghe, and Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, V. Krishnamoorthy, will accompany them.

On account of the visit of Wickremesinghe, there would be traffic restrictions on three roads for security reasons from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In a press release here on Thursday, Sanjeev M. Patil, Superintendent of Police, said that the three roads are Nittur-Kollur, Byndoor-Kollur and Vandse-Kollur. There would also be disruption of movement of vehicles entering or leaving Kollur during this period.

There would also be changes in the timings of darshan for people at the temple on Saturday. People and devotees have been urged to extend cooperation to the police, he said. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Why Mr Ranil is wasting public money at the 23rd hour of the losing government? He is the most unpopular Prime minister in Sri Lankan history and probly going for a secret pooja to gain popularity. He is following late PM Premadasa who had virgins involved in offerings.


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