Six Buddhist monks were seen at the annual feast of St. Anthony’s Church in Kachchativu.
The media captured images of them touring the islet during the feast on March 03 and 04 attended by a number of devotees from both India and Sri Lanka.
Organizer of the event, the Navy, is yet to come out with any explanation, although even Catholics are allowed there during the feast only.
The feast was celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Colombo, Rt. Rev. Anton Ranjith Pillenayagam.
Proceedings of the event were organised under the guidance of Jaffna district secretary A. Sivabalasundaram and with the support of the Navy Christian Council.
Local and foreign distinguished guests, former navy commander and chief of defence staff, Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, religious dignitaries from India and Sri Lanka, state officials, devotees, local and foreign media, officers from the Navy Christian Council, senior officers from the tri-services and police were also present on this occasion, said navy.lk website in an article.
Just one of the 64 pictures it has carried shows a Buddhist monk, shown alighting from a boat.