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
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