The people of Thennamaravady, in the Kutchchavely Divisional Secretary’s Division of the Trincomalee District are living under severe difficulties and they have pleaded that the Kanthaswamy Hill and Murugan Temple located at Thennamaravady.
The Kanthaswamy Hill and Murugan Temple on it, which were in existence from the period of an ancient king Thennan ( some people say Thonnai Maran) had been destroyed after they got displaced in 1984. When placed a Murugan Statue and a Vel on the hill and started to worship there, they were destructed by the majority people.
Later, when a group of Buddhist Monks came to install a Buddha statue, we prevented them from doing so. The police intervened and banned both sides from going there.
In this context, the Archaeological Department had erected a name board at the base of the hill and is putting up a building. They may connive with the majority people in placing a Buddha statue on the hill. Relevant factions should take this into consideration and save our Hill and Murugan Temple for us they had pleaded.
When contacted over this, the Vice President of the RDS, Kanthaiyah Paramanathan said, “ No Buddhist Monk or Islamic priests had come here earlier. This is a 300 years old Temple of the Sera, Chola , Pandya period. This is a historical Temple. I have worshipped here from the year1962. We have lands around the Hill with deeds issued by the British rulers in the year 1803. These documents are in our possession even now.
This is our hereditary village. Majority people encroached our village when we got displaced.
In this context, they are attempting to rob our historically ancient Temple, they said and they are pleading that relevant people intervene in this and stop their attempt to rob this Hill and Temple.