Gokanna Viharaya or Gokarna Rajamaha Vihara is an ancient Buddhist temple located near Fort Fredrick in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
There was a tense situation in Mullaitivu today after locals were angered by police inaction against the attempt to build a Buddhist vihara by a group of Sinhala people, including Buddhist monks.
The group were caught by locals and handed over to Oddusuddan police today. Despite a pledge to ensure the suspects would be produced before court, the police later released the monks.
Locals state the Sinhala Buddhist group intended to build a vihara on Kurunthur mountain, in Kumulamunai, Thannimurippu, arriving in two vehicles with a Buddhist statue and other materials in tow.
The group was about to make a tent and settle in the area when they were apprehended.
The mountain only has a Hindu Siva temple, locals said, adding that there had never been a Buddhist vihara.