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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 - 8:04
Key dispute creates commotion amongst devotees at Kataragama
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A tensed situation prevailed amongst the devotees who assembled at the historic Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya in Katargama early this morning (22), as authorities failed to open the gates for the public to attend the religious observances.
 
It had created due to a dispute between the custodians of the Devalaya and the Basnayake Nilame.
 
Later, the gates were opened for the devotees to enter the premises.
 
Its chief custodian said that the Basnayake Nilame is responsible for the keys.
 
He accused that the Basnayake Nilame had refused to hand over the keys and it led to this morning's confusion.
 
However, Basnayake Nilame D. P. Kumarage said although he arrived at the temple in time,  the custodians did not allow him to open the temple doors.
 
Later, both parties have lodged complains with the police.



 
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