India to restore Lankan Hindu temple

Colombo: India today agreed to provide 326 million Lankan rupees to restore the Thirukatheeswaram temple, one of the holiest Hindu shrines in Sri Lanka.

The restoration work of the temple in the northeastern district of Mannar is to be undertaken with the assistance of Archaeological Survey of India and the College of Architecture and Sculpture, Indian High Commission said in a statement here.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between India and Sri Lanka today under which New Delhi would provide assistance worth 326 million Lankan rupees.

The restoration work of the temple which is one of the holiest Hindu shrines in Sri Lanka is an important symbol of the island`s Tamil cultural heritage.

Indian officials said the temple`s restoration was one of the many projects undertaken by the Indian government to restore normalcy in the former conflict zones.