Buddhist monks of the Dambulla Rock Temple have opposed the temporary closure of the temple. They stated that they would not allow the closure of the temple. Locals and monks of the temple challenged the Government’s decision on multiple grounds, at a press conference.
Earlier the Education Ministry said that the Dambulla Cave Temple will be closed temporarily for conservation until further notice. The ticket issuing at the site too will be handled by the Central Cultural Fund in future. This was announced following a field visit at the site by the Archaeology Advisory Panel on Monday.