The ongoing sculpture work of the country`s biggest Buddha statue in stone in Rambadagalla, Ethugalpura, Kurunegala, sculpted from a single natural block of rock formations (boulder) received a welcome fillip on Tuesday when the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka on hearing of its construction donated a sum of Rs. 2 million for the project.
Lieutenant General Fonseka, after inviting the architect and liveware behind the project, Ven Egodamulle Amaramoli Thera to his office at the Army Headquarters made inquiries into the progress of the project.
`I was extremely pleased and encouraged to hear that you have undertaken a colossal project of this nature, in view of its importance to the Buddha Sasana and Buddhist culture, I personally felt that I must also be part of this giant task and be associated with it giving my fullest support,` Lieutenant General Fonseka told the visiting monk.
Ven Amaramoli Thera in acknowledging the Army`s contribution to the challenging project, invoked blessings on the Commander and all War Heroes fighting to protect this country from the claws of terrorism.
He also wished that the country will be free of violence by the time the carving of the statue is completed shortly.