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Ban on exorcism at Kataragama

Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devalaya Basnayake Nilame Dishan Gunasekara yesterday said that no permission will be given to exorcists to perform rituals at the Devalaya or surroundings.

The Kataragama Devalaya is a highly venerated area where devotees belonging to all faiths visit. However, exorcists bring persons here and subject them to inhumane treatments in the guise of rituals and treatments.Even children are pierced with steel rods. We must stop all this nonsense,” he said.

The decision to stop such action was made during a discussion held with the Maha Sangha and priests at the Kataragama Devalaya. He said that he has received a number of complaints from the public about such cruel rituals. Therefore, hereafter permission should be taken from the Basnayaka Nilame’s Office to conduct such rituals, he said.