The Sri Lankan army is in the midst of constructing a statue of a mythical Sinhala giant, who fought against the Tamil Chola King Ellalan in a Tamil village in the Vanni.
Sri Lankan Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake toured the area last week, with the army publicising the building of the statue of the mythical giant, known as “Nandimithra” on its website.
The construction is taking place in a Tamil village known as Kokkachaankulam, an area which has now been renamed to “Nandimithragama”, after the Sinhala mythical figure. Several Sinhala settlers have been brought to the area this year, with the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son amongst those overseeing the settlements.
See our earlier post: Namal Rajapaksa oversees Sinhala settlements in Vavuniya (25 May 2014)
See more of the army’s construction projects in our earlier post: SL Army build archway depicting battles between Sinhala and Tamil king (24 November 2013)