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DateLine Sunday, 18 May 2008

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Sambodhi Viharaya faced the brunt second time

The Friday’s bomb explosion which occurred opposite the Colombo Fort Sambodhi Viharaya had severely damaged the temple.

According to the Chief Incumbent Ven. Kirinde Premasiri Thera, this was the second bomb explosion which occurred near the temple after ten years.

The monk said that the first explosion had occurred opposite the Galadari Hotel in 1997 and it too damaged the temple severely.

He said the then Chief Incumbent Ven. Vitarandeniye Chandajothi Thera passed away due to injuries suffered following the bomb explosion.

The Friday’s explosion had also injured a 36 year old person named Nishantha Inguruwatta who was a regular visitor at the temple to help the monks during his leisure time.

The main chaitya (Dagaba), the dharma salawa, the library, the ceiling of the shrine room and several glass windows were also severely damaged due to the explosion,” the monk said.

The chief incumbent, Ven. Kirinde Premasiri Thera, requested the interested parties to help repair the damages suffered by the temple complex.

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