President Rajapaksa has said that religious values are foremost in removing mistrust among ethnic and religious groups.
As such, in a message to mark Maha Shivarathri, the President said all religions have a great responsibility to instill moral values among people, helping society to be rid of evil. The President was optimistic that every lamp lit by Hindus to Lord Shiva on this Maha Shivarathri may help dispel the darkness of ignorance and bring the light of stronger unity among all peoples.
.Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne, in his message said their determination on this sacred day should be to work together to protect the peace and the unity. He pointed out that during the religious observances today it is the obligation and responsibility of the Hindu devotees to pray for co-existence.