According to the head of the temple, a big crack has emerged from the middle of the historical Gatambe temple. This temple is located next to the banks of Mahaweli river. The reason why the temple It’s going to slide is there was no protective embankment to the river
It is reported that although the entire area was submerged by the flood in 1952, Gatabe temple premises were blessed to remain as it was. Gatambe Temple is the most sacred shrine place in upcountry it become second to the temple of the Tooth Relic.
A year ago, former ministers Namal Rajapaksa, Siripala Gamlath, Anuradha Jayaratne laid the foundation stone for the construction of a protective embankment. But the construction was confined to the foundation stone.
it is worth to note since 2012 Ven Kappetiyagoda Sirivimala Thero has informed the government about the protective embankment.
In 2012, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has promised to build a protective embankment. Up now it has not been done. All the promises made by father and son have been blown away by the wind