President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that religious leaders of all faiths and other stakeholders should take responsibility in establishing a righteous future generation with tolerance and unity. He pointed out that such qualities would help build a society sans violence, where the people could live in peace and harmony.
He was speaking to a large public gathering at the premises of the Dickwehera Raja Maha Viharaya in Demataluwa, Wariyapola, where he opened several newly built facilities for the temple yesterday.
“In the present era, the country is witnessing a revival of religious activity among all faiths following the end of the 30 year long conflict,” President Rajapaksa said pointing out that present day children and youth of all faiths were engaging in religious activities and were often frequenting places of religious observances.
He said this would help them cultivate virtuous characteristics and would help the younger generation to live in peace and unity devoid of hate and enmity.
He stressed that his government at all times was committed to protect the rights of all religions in the country and also treat them on an equal footing.
During his speech, the President also praised the work carried out by the chief incumbent of the temple Rekawa Sri Jinarathana Nayaka Thero, Chief Judiciary Monk of the Northwestern Province. The President on the occasion opened the newly built golden fence around the Bodhiya, the Bell Tower and Dhana Salawa.
Most Venerable Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thero, Maha Nayaka of the Asgiriya Chapter and Rekawa Sri Jinarathana Nayaka Thero, delivered anusasanas.
The Maha Sangha and religious leaders, Ministers Johnston Fernando and T. B. Ekanayake and several politicians were among the large gathering.