Book and Replica Exhibition of Central Cultural Fund
The Central Cultural Fund has organized an exhibition to provide you with a wide range of historical, archeological and architectural books at a discounted price. These include numerous Sinhala and English books on specialized research, children's literature, translations, guides, historical maps, pictures, postcards and posters related to Sri Lankan history and archeology.
At the same time you can buy replicas and various artistic creations doen by the Battalion National Imitation School.
From the 26th of January to 30th of January you will be able to purchase these publications and images from the following locations.
* Colombo - Atapattu Office
* Colombo - Abhayarama Temple
* Bataleeya - Replica School
* Kandy - Muladeni House
* Polonnaruwa - Project Premises
* Dambulla - Central Bus Stand (24-28)
* Dambulla - Namal Uyana Project Premises
* Monaragala - Buduruwagala Premises
* Tissamaharama - Kataragama Pooja Bhumi and Tissa Rajamaha Viharaya
* Rideegama - Divisional Secretariat
* Anuradhapura - Ruwanweli Seya / Abhayagiri Stupa
* Batticaloa - Valachchenai Central College / Divisional Secretariat
* Galle - Project Premises
* Ratnapura - Saman Devalaya Premises (28-30)
* Panduwasnuwara - Divisional Secretariat (26-28)
* Jaffna - Jaffna Fort (from 21st)
* Ramba Viharaya - Project Car Park
* Ritigala - Project Premises
* Matara - Ground floor of IGT building
* Yapahuwa - Central College Yapahuwa
* Trincomalee - Trincomalee Fort
* Sigiriya - Project Premises
* Dambana - Adi Vasi Village
* Ampara - Project Car Park
* Dambadeniya - Old office premises
Our deepest condolences to Mr. P. R. S. Bandaranayaka
We are saddened to announce that Mr. P. R. S. Bandaranayaka, who served as an Assistant Director of the Central Cultural Fund, passed away in an accident.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Archeology degree from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and began his career as a trainee research officer. He made significant contributions to the field of archeology as an excavation inspector, a conservation officer, a project manager and an Assistant Director covering his duties with great dedication to the betterment of the organization. In his final period, he was the Project Manager of Ritigala and the Assistant Director of Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa projects.
Director General of the Central Cultural Fund, Archaeologist Prof. Gamini Ranasinghe, other directors and staff would like to express the deepest condolences and may him attain the Supreme bliss of Nibbana.
The standing Buddha statue at Magul Maha Vihara restored worshiping for the devotees
The standing Buddha statue at the Lahugala Magul Maha Viharaya in Ampara was restored and unveiled for the worship of the devotees on 17th of January 2022, amidst the blessings of the Maha Sangha. This Buddha statue, made of crystalline limestone, was divided into four main parts. The Department of Archeology and the Central Cultural Fund rehabilitated this monument with proper technical techniques, with the financial contribution of Mrs. Mala Perera. Artists of the Bataleeya National Replica School of Central Cultural Fund contributed in restoration of the statue in the same manner.
Magul Maha Viharaya is one of the ancient Buddhist temples with a special significance, located in the Lahugala area in the Ampara District. History of Magul Maha Viharaya dates back to the reign of King Kavantissa (205-161 BC) who ruled the Ruhuna Kingdom in ancient Sri Lanka. Sources show that the temple was built by King Dhatusena (463-479 AD) and many other kings renovated the temple centuries later. The history reveals that 12,000 monks lived in this temple. Stupas, Bodhighara, a solid wall surrounding all buildings, and a unique moon lamp that has never been found in Sri Lanka depicting elephant herders riding on elephants are also located in Magul Maha Vihara.
Ven. Indagas Elle Sri Punyasara Thero, Chief Incumbent of the Magul Maha Viharaya, Gonawala Piyananda Thero, Chief Incumbent of Kotawehera, Kurudugolle Sarananda Thero, Chief Incumbent of Hulannuge Kandahindagama Sambuddhaloka Dharma Nikethana, Lahugala Sumanasara Thero, Chief Incumbent of the Lahugala Nilagiri Rajamaha Viharaya , Lahugala Somasara Thero of Lahugala Kirivehera, Mr. Vidura Wickramanayaka, State Minister of National Heritage, Performing Arts and Rural Arts Promotion, Ms. Nishanthi Jayasinghe, Secretary to the State Ministry of National Heritage, Performing Arts and Rural Arts Promotion, Prof. Anura Manatunga, Director General of Archeology Senior Archaeologist, Archaeologist Prof. Gamini Ranasinghe, Director General of Central Cultural Fund, Media Director, Mr. Lalith Udesha Madhubhanu, Mr. K. B. Chandana Weerasinghe, Assistant Provincial Director - Eastern Province, Central Cultural Fund, Project Managers of Ampara, Monaragala and Batticaloa and other government officials were present at this occasion.
Publication of the Buddhist Information System
The information system of all Buddhist temples island wide was unveiled at Temple Trees on 29th of December 2021. This information system compiled by the Department of Buddhist Affairs can be accessed at dba.gov.lk
This project is being implemented on the instructions of Hon. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse as the Minister of Buddhasasana Religious and Cultural Affairs under the Project for Digitization of Public Institutions. Launching of the website of the Ministry of Buddhasasana Religious and Cultural Affairs (mbs.gov.lk) in all three languages was also launched at this moment.
The Department of Buddhist Affairs expects to perform their duties through this database from the 3rd of January 2022, parallel to the launch of this information system. Under this system, the registration of temples, the acceptance of the posts of Chief Incumbents as well as the provision of opportunities for institutions and individuals for the development of temples will be formalized.
This database currently contains information on 13,972 temples and facilitates access to relevant information at the district level. There are 44,846 monks residing in these 13,972 temples. In addition, the new database includes information on 10,417 Dhamma Schools and the 127,381 teachers and students of each Dhamma School.
The latest information system introduced by the Central Cultural Fund under the Ministry of Buddhasasana Religious and Cultural Affairs was also added to the internet. Details of the research carried out on the identification of 107 submerged archeological monuments will be posted on the website of the Central Cultural Fund (ccf.gov.lk) in the near future.
Information about 101 ships and six aircraft under the sunken archeological monuments, as well as the history, photographs and videos of those events will be posted online. The project aims to transform these destinations into local and international tourist destinations by contributing to the tourism industry. Relevant information is currently available at https://nsd.ccf.gov.lk/
Dr. Ven. Agrahera Kassapa Thero was the special guest on this occasion. Gamini Senarath, Secretary to the Prime Minister, Prof. Kapila Gunawardena, Secretary to the Ministry of Buddhasasana Religious and Cultural Affairs, Chaminda Kularatne, Attorney-at-Law, Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister, Sunanda Kariyapperuma, Commissioner General of Buddhist Affairs, and Prof. Gamini Ranasinghe, Director General of the Central Cultural Fund, were also present at this occasion.