BY TILAKA WIJESOORIYA AND DHAMMIKA NAMAL KORALA
It is reported that the statue of Goddess Sri Badhrakali has been destroyed by dashing it on a flat stone used for washing clothes, consequent to it being removed from the kovil at the Dambulla sacred area.
It was also revealed the statue was destroyed in the vicinity of the ‘lime well’ located near the kovil.
When devotees visited the kovil to venerate the Goddess yesterday (3), they had found that the statue was missing. After conducting a search in the premises, they had found it in pieces near the ‘lime well.’
“The statue was damaged. One can see the statue had been dashed on a rock,” a devotee said. Eye witnesses said some devotees had wailed and cursed the people who had done something as mean as dashing the statue on a stone, and facing the direction of the Dambulla rock, had appealed to God Sri Vishnu to punish those responsible.
An arrangement had been made by the Buddhist monks of the Sasanarakshaka Bala Mandalaya in Dambulla, to remove the statue from sacred area and place it in a temporary hut at the Yuanwatte Viharaya on 15 September, in view of the development work being carried out in the area.
A devotee, K. Letchumi, said it is an outright insult to Goddess Badhrakali, and Hindu devotees are deeply hurt by the act of destruction on the venerated statue.
When Ven. Inamaluwe Sri Sumangala Maha Nayake of the Rangiri Dambulu Viharaya was contacted in this regard, he said it was an act of gross sabotage.
“I am surprised that such an act of vengeance had been committed. The Gods will punish whoever is responsible for destroying the statue of Goddess Badhrakali,” Ven. Sri Sumangala said.