The Prime Minister has said that the tank, temple and the village were preserved due to the utmost dedication of the Buddhist monks.
The Prime Minister said that the monks have made great sacrifices. He said that the nation, religion, language and civilization ware preserved for 2500 years due to the dedication of the Maha Sangha. Therefore they should be protected and highly respected. He said that it is the Maha Sangha who has created the concept of the village and temple. The Prime Minister expressed these views at a function held at the Sri Lanka Nippon Educational and Cultural Centre at the Mahindarama temple in Etul Kotte. The function was held to bestow the title of Chief Sanghanayake of the Sri Kalyani Samagri Sangha Sabha of Kotte on General Secretary of the Centre Ven. Meegastenne Chandrasiri Thera. A large number of people including members of the Maha Sangha participated in the occasion.