Gir­i­hadu Seya lit up af­ter 27 years

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Devo­tees were able to visit the Dagoba for the first time af­ter the peace ac­cord with the LTTE was signed in 2002

Af­ter 27 years, the his­toric Dagoba – Gir­i­hadu Seya, which is more than 2600 years old, was il­lu­mi­nated for Po­son Poya by the Power and En­ergy Ministry.

The his­toric tem­ple lo­cated at Thiriyaya in Trin­co­ma­lee re­mained cut off from the main­land dur­ing the war.

Devo­tees were able to visit the Dagoba for the first time af­ter the peace ac­cord with the LTTE was signed in 2002.

Gir­i­hadu Seya is con­sid­ered as the first Dagoba in Sri Lanka. It is lo­cated in Thiriyaya close to Trin­co­ma­leePulmod­dai road. Af­ter the Bud­dha spent seven weeks (Sath Sathiya), the two mer­chants –Tha­passu and Bal­luka -- who are broth­ers of­fered alms to him and asked for sa­cred relics to be en­shrined in a Dagoba. The Bud­dha gave them a lock of hair as sa­cred relics (Sa­cred Ke­sha Datu). His­tory says that the two mer­chants

The min­is­ter at­ten- ded the func­tion to mark the il­lu­mi­na­tion of the his­toric site which was dam­aged due to ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­ity in the area

trav­elled to Trin­co­ma­lee and built the Gir­i­hadu Seya where they en­shrined th­ese scared relics.

Power and En­ergy Min­is­ter Patali Champika Ranawaka took steps to ren­o­vate the Dagoba and pro­vide it with elec­tric­ity. The min­is­ter at­tended the func­tion to mark the il­lu­mi­na­tion of the his­toric site which was dam­aged due to ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­ity in the area.

He said in its de­vel­op­ment drive, the govern­ment would not dis­crim­i­nate any­one based on their caste, creed or eth­nic­ity.

The his­toric Dagoba at Thiriyaya in Trin­co­ma­lee il­lu­mi­nated for Po­son Poya af­ter 27 years

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