Press Release - Restoration of the Entrance Arch
Friday 28 July 2023
ஆரியச்சக்கரவர்த்தி வம்சம்ආර්ය චක්රවර්තී රාජවංශය
Arya Cakravartti Dynasty
The Restoration of the Entrance Arch at Cankili Thoppu of Nallur Rajadhani in Jaffna
The Archway historically served as the entrance to Cankili Thoppu in Nallur, It is a historic monument and is a significant landmark of the Nallur Rajadhani in Jaffna. It is been published in the Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, No 1,486 - FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2007. The following ancient monument has been declared to be a protected monument under the Antiquates Ordinance (Chapter 188) (L. D. B. 277/40), by the Minister of Cultural Affairs and National Heritage.
Mr. Bandula Jeewa (Assistant Director) of Department of Archaeology of Jaffna confirmed over the phone the completion of the restoration of the Entrance Arch. The historical structure has been restored to its original beauty. It was reconstructed in 2023, and the opening ceremony took place on 16 July 2023.
This was privately funded by Prof. Dr. Subramaniam Raviraj (Professor in Surgery & Consultant Surgeon) and Deputy Chairperson of Jaffna Heritage Centre. The Department of Archaeology (Regional Office) of Jaffna received the resources for the restoration from the Jaffna Heritage Centre.
On behalf of my family and myself, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Prof. Dr. Subramaniam Raviraj MBBS (SL), MS (SL), FCSSL for contribution to the Jaffna Heritage Centre (JHC). I would also like to thank Mr. Bandula Jeewa (Assistant Director) of Department of Archaeology of Jaffna and staffs, Mayor of Jaffna Mr. Viswalingam Manivannan, Chairman of the Heritage Centre (JHC) and team members of the Jaffna Heritage Centre for their immense efforts.
May the blessings of Lord Sri Kailasanathar be upon you all!
REMIGIUS KANAGARAJAH OF JAFFNA