Thripitakaya to be declared a world heritage

Thripitakaya to be declared a world heritage

Thripitakaya to be declared a world heritage

Written by Lethonkie Fernando

08 Mar, 2019 | 4:51 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st) – The government states that the proposal to declare the Thripitakaya as a world heritage will be submitted to the UNESCO on the 23rd of this month. An islandwide program named the Thripitakabhivandana is due to be held from the 16th to the 23rd in relation to this program.

Cabinet approval to declare the Thripitakaya as a world heritage was received on January 14th as per a proposal made by President Maithripala Sirisena. The government has also made preparations to accept the Thripitakaya as a world heritage ceremonially at the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy.

The Thripitakaya a national heritage

On January 5th, the Theravada Tripitaka was officially declared a national heritage. The occasion to commemorate this historic day was held at the Aluvihare temple in Matale as per the advice of the Maha Sanga. This memorable step in the history of Sri Lanka was taken in order to preserve the sacred religion for future generations.

World heritages in Sri Lanka… 

World heritages are officially declared by UNESCO. Six sites with geographical and cultural importance in Sri Lanka has been declared as world heritage sites.

  • Ancient City of Polonnaruwa (1982)
  • Ancient City of Sigiriya (1982)
  • Golden Temple of Dambulla (1991)
  • Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications (1988)
  • Sacred City of Anuradhapura (1982)
  • Sacred City of Kandy (1988)

In addition to these;

  • Central Highlands of Sri Lanka (2010)
  • Sinharaja Forest Reserve (1988)
  • Wewa – the water cascading system

There are 9 such world heritages in Sri Lanka making it the country with the highest propensity of world heritages.

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