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Controversy Behind Abhayarama Exposed

by Nirmala Kannangara

Ven Muruttettuwe Ananda Thero and Ven. Dr. Bellana Gnanawimala Thero

Ven. Muruttettuwe Ananda Thero, the Chief Incumbent of the much talked about and highly politicized Buddhist temple in the country, Sri Abayaramaya in Narahenpita, is accused of being dishonest despite being a Buddhist monk who is expected to follow noble values.

Controversy also surrounds the manner that Ven. Ananda Thero was appointed as the chief incumbent of the Temple.

Ven. Ananda Thero is alleged to have openly broken the second and fourth precepts of the Lord Buddha’s Teaching by robbing and lying to get money that was due to the temple in the form of compensation after the government had acquired a few perches of land from the temple for widening Thimbirigasyaya road a few years back.

 

Misleading

In addition, the Thero is also accused of misleading the Road Development Authority (RDA) by claiming that the land acquisition had resulted in the demolition of the entrance (wahal kada) of the temple, the building that housed the Sunday School, and the parapet wall and had sought compensation for them as well.

“This was a blatant lie. The temple survey plan clearly shows that there was neither a wahal kada nor a parapet wall, but a mere gate and a barbed wire fence. Since the Thero was a stooge of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his officials – his Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, former Treasury Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundera, and former Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath – he left no stone unturned to get the compensation increased cheating the government officials,” the lawful Chief Incumbent of Sri Abayaramaya, Ven. Pathberiye Wimalagnana Thero told The Sunday Leader. Ven. Wimalagnana Thero was made the Chief Incumbent of Sri Abayaramaya Narahenpita; Purvaramaya, Kirulapone; Rilawala Susimaramaya, Polgasowita; Vapikaramaya, Boralesgamuwa, and Kiriporuwe Nagharukkaramaya, Eheliyagoda on February 8, 1998 after the passing away of the then Chief Incumbents of the above temples Ven. Radalle Sri Pangaloka Thero and Thalawitiye Pemaloka Thero.

 

Rightful Chief Incumbent

According to Ven. Wimalagnana Thero, after a few perches were acquired by the government to widen the Thimbirigasyaya Road, Ven. Ananda Thero had visited Ven. Wimalagnana Thero at the Purwaramaya Temple and had made a request to give a letter appointing the former as the chief incumbent. “What Muruttettuwe Ananda Thero wanted was only a mere letter appointing him as the chief incumbent. As he is on good terms with the then President and the government, he said such a letter would help him get the compensation very soon and assured me that he will revoke the chief incumbent post as soon as he get the money. Since I believed that a Buddhist monk would not cheat, I was willing to follow his idea but when I consulted one of my dayakas who is a leading lawyer, he wanted me not to give such letters and said that I will not get back the authority of the Abhayarama temple if I did so. When I refused to give this letter, Ven. Ananda Thero once again came to me and asked for the survey plan of this temple to check whether the submission of the letter can help receive the compensation at the earliest.

I gave the survey plan and later I found out that he has got rubber stamps made to show that he is the chief incumbent and had made false documents and had obtained part of the compensation money which amounts to Rs.15 million,” Ven. Wimalagnana Thero said. The Thero further said Ven. Ananda Thero had got the money from the RDA with the influence of then President Rajapaksa.

“Had the RDA gone through the proper documents of this temple, they could have found out the lawful chief incumbent of the temple. However, the RDA released part of the compensation money amounting to Rs.15 million to the Department of Public Trustees. Claiming that he has to get some constructions done before the opening of the dana salawa of the temple by Mahinda Rajapaksa, he got this money released from the Department. The then Public Trustee, Janaka Bandara, after getting the approval from Commissioner General of Buddhist Affairs Chandraprema Gamage released this money to Ven. Ananda Thero illegally.

“How can the Public Trustee and the Commissioner give approval to release this money to Ven. Ananda Thero? Both these officials should have gone through legal documents, which were in their files, submitted to them by Dr. Bellana Gnanawimala Thero in 2008 certifying that I am the Chief Incumbent of this temple.

The second fraud they have committed was releasing the money to Ven. Ananda Thero. The approval was given only to reimburse the money for what had been spent on the temple, but without any expense sheets, these two officials cannot release the money,” Ven. Wimalagnana Thero said.

 

Warning

According to a letter this newspaper is in possession, the then Chief Incumbent Ven. Radalle Pangnaloka Thero had written to Ven. Ananda Thero on October 5, 1982 warning him not to hold any political meetings or any such related activity at the temple.

According to Ven. Wimalagnana Thero, Ven. Ananda Thero had stayed at Abayaramaya when he was attending classes at the Vidyodaya Pirivena during his younger days but had never been a monk ordained by the chief incumbent of this temple.

Ven. Wimalagnana Thero further said Ven. Ananda Thero had submitted an expense sheet to the Public Trustee to show how much he had spent in order to carry out the constructions and get the money illegally pending the expense sheet.

“Instead of what he has really spent on, Ven. Ananda Thero had sought the reimbursement of the money he had spent on the construction work of the ‘heaven’ and the ‘hell’. It was the Nawaloka Group and Gamini Senarath who had spent money on these two constructions, but Ven. Ananda Thero had submitted these two expenditures to show that he had spent on them,” Ven. Wimalagnana Thero added.

After realising that Ven. Ananda Thero had cheated him, Ven. Wimalagnana Thero had filed action in court.

“The remaining compensation amounting to Rs.18 million was later given to the Public Trustee to release to my name only. Knowing that he has now no powers to cheat the money after the fall of the Rajapaksa regime in January 2015, Ven.

Ananda Thero filed a case against me in the Supreme Court to get released money for what he has not spent on.

However, in his complaint, he had admitted that I am the lawful chief incumbent of Sri Abayaramaya, and once my lawyers prove that Ven. Ananda Thero had made documents fraudulently to obtain the compensation and on what he had spent Rs.15 million, he will be in trouble,” Ven.  Wimalagnana Thero added.

Ven. Muruttettuwe Ananda Thero, however, refuting the allegations levelled against him told The Sunday Leader that he is the lawful chief incumbent of Sri Abayaramaya.

“I thoroughly refute all the allegations levelled against me by Wimalagnana Thero. I am now busy and cannot spare time to talk to you. Please call me later,” Ven. Ananda Thero said.

 

16 Comments for “Controversy Behind Abhayarama Exposed”

  1. Lima

    THE MONKS ARE THE BIGGEST ROBBERS IN SRI LANKA . ALSO MURDERERS LIKE THE WAL BALU SENA OF GOLU BALA GNANA

    • gamunu

      you thugs can insult any persons from religion(s) without fear. Are your guys whiter than white/ You have no crooks or thugs?

  2. kudson

    crooked theiving, womanising,and alcohol drinking monks are aplague in this society and should be disrobed and jailed

  3. Ikarus

    Prince Sidhartha son of the emperor had four mansions for each season of the year and a huge palace. But he gave up all these WORDLY LUXURIES and MATERIALISM and went to the forest in search of the truth. At the time of his ENLIGHTMENT i.e BECOMING BUDDHA, 543 years BC. he had only two robes and a BOWL. These monks in this episode also entered into the priest hood to follow Lord Buddha and to help the laymen, the followers of Buddha, the method/path to get rid of this CYCLE OF BIRTH and for them also to reach the status of NON-EXISTENCE (NIRVANA).

    Hence the current behavioural pattersn of these Monks is very pathetic and to clear STINKING atmosphere, the less monk in the priesthood should get the hell out of this scene giving up everything that is not legally belongs to him without helping undue mudslinging propaganda to be started

    FOLLOW WHAT PRINCE SIDHARTHA DID, RELINQUISH MATERIALISM AND LUXURIES.

  4. punchiname

    If one knows the mentality of MR, anything could have been executed under MRs
    rule. A web-news reads as follows:

    “Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa watching the commemoration ceremony held yesterday 8th at the BMICH from Kandy has taken a call to president Maithri following watching the release of the suicide bomber who came to kill Maithri in 2006.
    “Your Excellency, your work is outstanding. I never thought you would follow me”
    President Maithripala who was perplexed from Mahinda’s call has told Mahinda, “I never followed you. I pardoned and gave freedom to the person who came to kill me. Former president Mahinda who has laughed aloud and said, “You only released the person who came to kill you but I not only released but I gave a ministerial position and a gave 100 bar license and fed his entire generation”
    Maithri who was astonished has questioned “Who was that . . . .?
    “Why president our Johnny .. . .. .I not only released him but fed him and his entire generation. He is never leaving me now because he know I have his files. Therefore please remember you are also doing the same what I did” laughed Mahinda.”

    • IT IS A DISGRACEFULLY ACT THIS MUTHETTUWE ANANDA THERO HAS COMMITTED WHEN HE PERMITTED/HIRED/ THE TEMPLE TO ONE PARTICULAR POLITICAL PARTY, WHEN EVERY BUDDHIST WHO WILL BELONG TO SOME POLITICAL PARTY FINDS IT EMBARRASSING TO VISIT THE POLITICALLY ONE SIDED TEMPLE. THIS BASTARDLY SHAMELESS MAN WHO DRABS A SAFFRON CLOTHING DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE CALLED A BUDDHIST PRIEST.I AM A SYMPATHISER OF EX PRESIDENT RAJAPAKSHA, NEVERTHELESS A BETTER BUDDHIST.THE FRAUDULENT LIFE HE LEADS AS DEPICTED IN THIS ARTICLE. A BLOODY DESPICABLE MAN SHOULD NOT WEAR A SIVURA.BUDDHIST MUST SPIT ON HIS MISERABLE FACE AND ROSECTE HIM IN COURTS.

    • SO THIS HOW AND WHY JOHNNY HAS BECOME A FAITHFUL BOOT /ARSE
      LICKER OF MARA.HE IS NOW SO STRONG HE WILL NEVER RESPECT M3.OR ANY LIVING BEING. HJE IS A GOOD SPOTMAN AND HAS GOT THE BEST MINISTRY PERHAPS?

  5. jasena

    These Buddhist monks are worse fellows in creation.There are good monks
    at Malwatte in the big and reputed atemples such as the dalada maligawa
    but the rest of the other places these fellows are not worth two cents
    they get women to the remote temples and play hell not Bana bloody useless bastards

  6. iemerald

    NO SURPRISE HERE.
    MOST BUDDHIST MONKS ARE BIG BUSINESS MEN OR XENOPHOBIC TERRORISTS LIKE GNANASARA. SORRY CANT SAY VEN OR THERA BECAUSE MOST OF THEM DON’T DESERVE THAT.

  7. gamunu

    this was expected. RW and MY3 clan would go to an length to find some mud slinging to discredit persons associated with MR. More can be expected by the time LG gov poll is due. Whole exercise is to discredit any one associated with MR. Even lord Buddha wouldn’t be safe if he was alive today and found to be assisting MR.

  8. JAY GUNASEKARA

    WHAT WILL Buddha say if he saw what is happening in this miracle island.

  9. mevan

    MR had a great capacity to corrupt even the best – and then use them for his purposes. It seems that Ananda Thero was readily corrupted being one his easier targets. A great silence has descended over the large-scale corruption alleged in connection with the election of the DN recently. That involves priests at the highest levels in Kandy as well as numerous officials. Moreover, they are all strongly opposed to the set of proposed law which gives a legal basis for regulating the vinaya rules!
    Given the venality shown by our Buddhist clergy, it is not possible for us today to go to them for “refuge” ( Sangham Saranam Gatchchmi). My advise to good lay Buddhists is to drop this stanza when reciting the 3 refuges – the Buddha and the Dhamma are in any case, more than sufficient to follow this great religion.

  10. Rajasinghe

    Kalayai may nidukanane, Deshayai may nidukanane, Wadinu mana nidukanane to clean up the Sanga Sasanaya in Sri Lanka.
    Otherwise soon people will lose the faith and that will impact the true disciples of Gauthama Buddha Sasanaya.

  11. why not try to became a president of srilanka ,monks are done historical damages to the buddiam mr ANNADANA thero was crook in one the ,monks going after politicians are with monks and communal are the srilankan parliament. where srilanka going to end, there will be a terror will come to killed the corrupted politicians . created the bogus Rubber stamps for the chief incumbent to the nararampitiyy temple. he got the 15 million money from the RDA, with the help of former president mr Rajapaska,his government help the monks became a rich from the government money .he too make millions but he is in parliament his place must in JAIL, mr srisena is a weak president to srilanka, last one year his duties were very poor, prime give some orders and minister of justice supporting the political corrupt and criminals

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