K.G. Kumarage, a businessman hailing from Kandy was elected as the New Basnayake Nilame of the Ruhunu Maha Devalaya of Kataragama, a short while ago.

The election to choose a Basnayaka Nilame was held this morning at the District Secretariat of Maneragala and he was elected uncontested. Four temples, the acting Basnayake Nilame of Kuda Katharagama and Kataragama Devales, 11 Divisional Secretaries of the Moneragala District are eligible to cast their vote to elect the new Basnayake Nilame of the Ruhunu Kataragama Devalaya. The Government sent a special team of officials to see to the conducting of the election as there were media reports that certain powerful individuals are eying this prestigious post.

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