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BOMBING OF THE SACRED TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH

Dukhinda Jayawardena

Dear all

25th January 1998, the day terrorists attacked the most sacred and revered place of worship for the buddhist, not only in Sri Lanka but for Buddhists all over the world.

From the time the Sacred Relics of the Buddha was presented to this Island State, The Monarchs of Sri Lanka, The Venerable Mahanayake Thero's and the Buddhist Clergy,of both sects, the Buddhist worshippers, Foreign dignitaries from around the world, have respected and revered the Sacred Relics.

From ancient times Kings and Queens, probably, would have sacrificed their lives to look after it. At times of war they have moved the relics in great secrecy from place to place.

Sadly in these modern times, with all the technology we have, we were not able to keep the enemy from striking a devastating blow to this most Sacred Temple. I think the Buddhists and the guardians of the Buddha's preachings, should remember this day with sadness.

If we do make this a special event in the calendar, we will be doing our duty to make sure the future generations will remember to look after the Sacred Relics of the Buddha, with Reverence, Pride and with great care, for many more generations to come.

Some of the events that are commemorated around the world are the two world wars, the Jewish Holocaust, there are many more, added recently is 11th September to commemorate two financial buildings that were destroyed in the USA.

Sri Lanka is a predominantly Buddhist Country, it's democratically elected government should take the lead in this respect.
After all the country commemorated the 2000 Millennium at a great cost to the tax payer.

I have here copied a part of a publication from the <Sinhaya.Com> website, to remind everyone of this sad day


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