Deputation of Nilames urges govt to release 38 tamed elephants for Esala pageantsApril 20, 2017, 10:06 pm
By Cyril Wimalasurendre
KANDY: Basnayake Nilames of the ancient devales urge the government to release 38 tamed elephants presently held in state orphanages else the annual Esala Perhera of some principal devales would be affected.
Basnayake Nilames told the media in Kandy that Sri Dalada Maligawa led Kandy Esala Perahera, Ruhunu Kataragama and Deundara devales would be affected as the peraheras of the three devales fall concurrently according to auspicious times this year.
The thirty eight tamed elephants are held at Pinnawala and Udawalawe as case products investigations by state authorities, Basnayake Nilame of Ruhunu Kataragama Devale D.P. Kumarage.Basnayake Nilame Kumarage said President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe were not strongly objecting to the release of the elephants from custody but that some officials and interest groups were objecting to the release.
He said that there only about 65 tamed elephants and tuskers were available at present with their owners and that number was not sufficient to meet the requirements of the Esala Perahera this year.
The Basnayake Nilame so said when a deputation Nilames called on the Mahanayake Theras of Malwatte and Asgiriya seeking their intervention with the state authorities in this regard.
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