Ellawala Medhananda Thero

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Ellawala Medhananda Thero
Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for National List
In office
Personal details
Born (1937-01-28) January 28, 1937 (age 80)
Nationality Sri Lanka Sri Lankan
Political party Jathika Hela Urumaya
Other political
United People's Freedom Alliance
Residence Sri Sumangalaramaya, Napawala, Gatahatta
Occupation Buddhist monk

Ellawala Medhananda Thero is a Sri Lankan politician and a former member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka. As an academic scholar[citation needed] he has published 40 books of academic and archaeological research.[citation needed][1] Medhananda is known for his right-wing political leanings and hawkish, pro-majoritarian sentiments.[2] His extravagant lifestyle has been the subject of considerable controversy in his native Sri Lanka, a predominantly Buddhist country where monks are traditionally expected to maintain a frugal lifestyle.[3]


  1. ^ "JHU to nominate more laymen as candidates". tops.lk. 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2010.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  2. ^ "Betraying Buddhism And Undermining Sri Lanka". Colombo Telegraph. 26 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Sri Lanka scandalized by monk's Mercedes-Benz". New York Times. 16 August 2007.