• 25 Jan 2007 12:58:01 GMT

    [THE BLAST] The blast caused extensive damage to most areas of the Sri Dalada Maligawa. However, the Sacred Tooth Relic which is housed in the inner chamber miraculously escaped any damage.

    Also the extensively damaged by the blast were the Vishnu, Natha and Pattini Devales (Shrines) and St. Paul`s Church all of which are located in the `Sacred and Royal Square`, adjacent to the Sri Dalada Maligawa complex.

    Despite this act of provocation on those belonging to all religions in Sri Lanka who venerate this site, the Sri Lankan people have once again refused to be provoked. The incident has also underlined a salient feature Sri Lanka has shown throughout its recent struggle against LTTE terrorism - the patience and resilience of its people in the face of adversity.

  • 25 Jan 2007 13:00:25 GMT

    [EXTENSIVE DAMAGE]

    The wanton destruction caused to the Temple of the Tooth and the buildings in the sacred and the royal square surroundings, all built centuries ago, would take long to restore to its pristine glory. The detailed extent of the damage includes :

    .::. The Tooth Relic Temple complex ;

    .::. The Octagon, one of the most beautiful examples of Kandyan architecture, whose extraordinary architectonic form dominates the facade of the temple;

    .::. The Mahawahalkada or Grand Entrance (part of the historic facade) containing important sculptures, that took the main impact of the blast, thereby saving the temple complex from much greater damage;

    .::. All the sculptures were badly damaged, some beyond restoration. Completely destroyed in the bombing was one of a pair of elephant reliefs, masterpieces of Kandyan art.

    Many other sections of the complex were also damaged including ;

    .::. The Pallemale or `Lower Floor` image house hall ;

    .::. The entrance corridor, which is a painted vault;

    .::. The mural paintings of the main Tooth Relic shrine itself;

    .::. The drumming hall and veneration halls.

    .::. The Vishnu, Natha and Pattini Devales, the temples of the Gods Vishnu and Natha and Goddess Pattini, all venerated by Buddhists and Hindus alike;

    .::. ST. Pauls Church, one of the oldest in the country still in regular worship;

    .::. The Audience Hall of the Kandyan Kings;

    .::. Three Royal Palaces and the Queen`s Bath, a lakeside palace;

    .::. Three Museums Archaeological, National and the Museum of the Tooth Relic Temple;

    .::. Library of the Tooth Relic Temple, which houses an invaluable collection of ancient palm leaves manuscripts.

    Also, number of other buildings of outstanding historic and architectural value, both within the sacred square and just bordering it were affected by the blast. They include;

    .::. The King`s pavilion (the former residence of the colonial governor`s, now the Presidential residence in Kandy ;

    .::. The original building of the Dharmaraja College, one of the oldest Buddhist educational institutions in the island established in the late 19th century on the initiative of American Theosophists including Col. Henry Steel Olcott and Madame Blavatsky;

    .::. The Law Courts Complex;

    .::. The famous Queen`s Hotel.

  • 25 Jan 2007 13:06:54 GMT

    [INTERNATIONAL CONDEMNATION]

    ``The Secretary General UN has learnt with outrage of the news of a bomb attack on a major Buddhist shrine in Kandy, Sri Lanka and the resulting loss of life and destruction. As he has done on many occasions, the Secretary General strongly condemns the use of terror tactics in all circumstances. He deplores attempts to divide human beings on religious and ethnic grounds.``

    - Spokesman on behalf of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, New York, 26 January 1998 -

    ``I am deeply shocked by this act of blind violence perpetrated against a place of meditation, joy and peace. All religions are based on love and respect for life. Attacking a holy place means striking the very best in humanity, undermining its innocence and purity. Those who attack people through their faith can only be condemned. Religious differences can absolutely not be justification for conflict, and places of worship should in no case be used as targets.``

    - UNESCO Director General Federico Mayor, Paris, 27 January 1998 -

    ``A proud consciousness of this richness of heritage must have made your pain all the more acute when a bomb was exploded at the Temple of the Tooth last month. It was a brutal and malign act, and one which we all join in condemning. The Temple of the Tooth is a part of the world`s heritage; it is not just Sri Lankan nor just Buddhist. So all your foreign guests wish you well in the long and painstaking task of restoring the Temple to it`s original splendour.``

    - HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, speaking on behalf of the foreign dignitaries who participated in the 50th Independence Anniversary Celebrations in Colombo, 5th February. -

    ``We should condemn this type of destruction of ancient places of religious and archaeological value``

    - The Ambassador for the United States of America Shaun Donnelley, 27th January 1998. -

    ``It is with immense pain of mind that I express my shock and profound sorrow on the extensive damage caused by terrorists to the sacred Sri Dalada Maligawa, which is held in deep veneration by the entirely of the Buddhist world.`

    - The most Ven. Rambukwelle Sri Vipassi Mahanayake There of the Malwatte Chapter, 27th January 1998. -

    `The Hindu Council of Sri Lanka has always condemned attacks on places of religious worship. It is thus deeply concerned at the cowardly attack perpetrated on the Dalada Maligawa, the holiest temple of the Buddhists in Sri Lanka. The Hindus and the Buddhists of Sri Lanka have so much in common. The Hindus venerate the Buddha and the Buddhist worship at Hindu temples. We should continue to maintain this good relationship for the general welfare of the people of Sri Lanka.`

    - Hindu Council of Sri Lanka`s President Yogendra Duraiswamy and General Secretary P Paramapathan in a statement, 27th January, 1998. -

    ``No one in his normal senses would have thought of perpetrating such a crime which is not only against the Buddhists but against every citizen of this country whatever his religion or race may be.``

    - Archbishop of Colombo, Nicholas Marcus Fernando, 27th January, 1998. -

    ``We learn with deep shock and despair of the attack on Sri Dalada Maligawa and hasten to condemn it. It is an act of human indecency. No human being will think of harming a place of worship and reverence to all here and abroad.``

    - The Sri Lanka Islamic Centre (SLIC), 26th January, 1998. -

  • 25 Jan 2007 13:15:30 GMT

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    | http://www.sinhaya.com/kandy2.htm

    The Temple of Tooth is a part of the World`s heritage: It was not just Sri Lankan, nor just Buddhist; blasting that is a brutal and malign act - PRINCE CHARLES (The Island 7 February 1998)

    | http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/070298-1.html

    Media Release by SPUR on the Sri Dalada Maligawa Bomb Blast

    | http://www.spur.asn.au/media3.htm

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  • 25 Jan 2007 13:58:43 GMT

    Yes LTTE made some mistakes in the past, we should not have reacted like the state forces who were shelling and bombing churchs, temples and schools all over the NE. Should have tried harder like they do now to avoid civilians and only go after military.

  • 25 Jan 2007 14:16:41 GMT

    [Yes LTTE made some mistakes in the past]

    LTTE is THE mistake my friend. If not for them, Sri Lanka would have been much far away than other countries in the region.

  • 25 Jan 2007 16:00:37 GMT

    [LTTE is THE mistake my friend. If not for them, Sri Lanka would have been much far away than other countries in the region.]

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    really. if not for them there wont be any tamils in lanka. In fact we will be having rememberance days EVERYDAY!!

  • 26 Jan 2007 04:08:36 GMT

    I remember the day, I was packing something when this sad news came in, it was a sad moment in my life.