Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne has said that a major renaissance centering the temples in villages has taken place in view of the 2600th Sambuddathva Jayanthi.
The Prime Minister mentioned this when he arrived at Kataragama to pay obeisance to Kirivehera. He said he participated in religious observances in the last few days in Batticaloa and Trincomalee. He witnessed that public participation in these religious observances was high. Prime Minister Jayaratne paid a courtesy call on the Ven. Dr. Aluthwewa Soratha thera, Chief Incumbent of Kirivehera. Thereafter the Prime Minister visited the Kataragama Maha Devale and secured blessings.