Sri Lankan PM performs rituals at Kollur Mookambika Temple for country’s prosperity
Mangaluru: Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and wife Maitree Wickremesinghe arrived at Kollur Mookambika Temple on Friday for a special ritual (Sarvaishwarya pooja) for peace and prosperity of their country. The PM spent about two hours at the temple under tight security and performed rituals. Indian diplomat V. Krishnamurthy also accompanied them.
First the PM and wife had planned to reach the temple by helicopter but dropped the plan due to bad weather. Later, they took a flight to Mangaluru and reached Kollur by road by 1.30 am.
After taking rest at the guest house, they came to the temple by 11.15 am. The temple authorities and priests welcomed them as per traditions. The PM and wife returned by 1 pm after having the holy offerings.
In the backdrop of the recent blasts in Sri Lanka, security was beefed up in the temple and the routes leading to it. Strict restrictions were imposed on the devotees until the Sri Lankan PM returned.
The devotees who were staying in hotels were not allowed to come out until the PM’s return. Shops on temple premises were shut down and traffic regulations imposed from Mangaluru to Kollur. Police force was deployed even in the forest areas.
After having darshan at the temple, Ranil Wickremesinghe and wife reached Kasaragod by evening. They reached Bekal by helicopter and are staying at Taj Hotel. On Saturday morning, they will visit Bela Kumaramangalam Subramania Swami Temple and return to Mangaluru by 10.30 am and later to Sri Lanka.