Colombo/ Gwalior, June 10 (): India’s Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had said on June 1 that essential approvals have been taken from the Sri Lankan government and the Indian government for the construction of goddess Sita’s temple at Divurumpola, in Sri Lanka, a place believed to be associated with Ramayana, according to PTI reports. This is believed to be the place where Sita underwent ‘Agni Pariksha’ (test by fire), according to Hindu epic Ramayana.
Chouhan said that they have received the necessary permission from the Sri Lankan government and the Indian government has also given its approval; he added that the Sita temple will be constructed through Swami Dayanand Trust in Sri Lanka.
Now,Chouhan faces opposition from a new quarter in Sri Lanka – Ravana Balaya that has warned Chouhan of dire consequences if he goes ahead with his plan of constructing Sita temple in Sri Lanka.
This organization of Buddhist extremists has been showing off its ugly Buddhist extremism on several occasions in the past. Their recent spate is turned on against Madhya Pradesh (India) Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Ravana Balaya convener Buddhist monk Iththekande Saddhathissa Thero said that anybody who builds a temple for Sita must first build a statue for Ravana. He promised that the organization would act against anybody who does not follow this condition.
Ravana Balaya had recently threatened Sri Lankan cricketers who played for Indian Premier League (IPL).
In another instance of their extremist nature, today’s reports state that Thera threatened to stop the screening of Tamil films starring actors such as Vijay, Kamal Haasan, Sarath Kumar or Rajinikanth in Sri Lanka, saying “We will not say it unless we can actually do it.”
Earlier, a month ago, Ravana Balaya handed over a letter to Serasinghe, Chairman of the National Film Corporation, in which they had expressed their opposition to the import and screening of Tamil films in Sri Lanka.
Madhya Pradesh (India) Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had offered to sanction Rs 1 crore for the Sita temple project in September 2012 when Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh to inaugurate the University of Buddhist-Indic Studies.