Gangaramaya temple at 61, Sri Jinaratana Road, Colombo 02 charges US$1 from each devotee to enter temple premises. This has been announced in an advertisement published on the November issue of ‘Explore Sri Lanka’ magazine.
According to ‘Maha Supina Jathakaya’ one of the dreams of the sixteen dreamt by King Kosol was a scene of selling an invaluable red sandalwood core in exchange for contaminated buttermilk. Basing this scene Lord Buddha preached that ‘In future unvirtuous priests would sell His ‘teaching’ with the intention of profits.
Also, Lord Buddha has taught that temples are erected for devotees to view them and for their solemnity. However, devotees have to now pay to achieve solemnity. These incidents show that the country is moving towards a ‘casino economy’ where a price is charged to enter temples, sell ‘bana’ in packages, Buddhism is marketed and King Kosol’s dreams are becoming a reality.