Despite their stone-cold silence on the anti-Muslim attacks that were instigated by the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) in Southern Sri Lanka last week, the mahanayake theras have awakened their voice to object to having night races in Kandy.
They have asserted that since the city of Kandy is a place of worship to Buddhists all over the world and is also a UNESCO World heritage site due to its historical and religious importance, holding the night races would be detrimental to the sacredness and pride of the city.
“Therefore we urge you to shed your immediate attention into the issue and ensure steps are taken to cancel the plans for the racing event to be held in this city,” the letter states.
The only mahanayake thera that voiced concern of the anti-Muslim attacks in Aluthgama led by the BBS was Amarapura Chapter Mahanayaka the Ven. Davuldena Gnanissara Thera.
Their rejection of the night races being held in Kandy however was voiced collaboratively by Asgiriya Chapter Maha Nayaka, Ven. Udugama Sri Buddarakkitha Thera, Malawatta Chapter Anu Nayaka, Ven. Niyangoda Wijithasiri Thera, Amarapura Chapter Mahanayaka the Ven. Davuldena Gnanissara Thera as well as Ramanna Nikaya Maha Nayaka the Ven. Napana Premasiri Thera.