Neranjan Wijeyeratne

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Neranjan Wijeyeratne
නෙරංජන් විජයරත්න
Neranjan Wijeyeratne.jpg
Diyawadana Nilame of
Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy
In office
Former Basnayake Nilame of
Lankathilaka Maha Vishnu Devalaya, Kandy
Personal details
Born (1956-08-09) 9 August 1956 (age 58)
Kandy Sri Lanka
Nationality Sri Lankan
Political party United National Party
Spouse(s) Devika Wijeyeratne
Children Mokshana & Navindra
Residence Meeduma Walauwa,
Rambukkana, Sri Lanka.
Alma mater Royal College, Colombo
Occupation Politics
Religion Theravada Buddhism

Neranjan Priyadarshana Dullewe Wijeyeratne (Sinhala:නෙරංජන් ප්‍රියදර්ශන දූල්ලෑව විජයරත්න) (born 9 August 1956) (known as Neranjan Wijeyeratne) is a Sri Lankan politician. He was United National Party ex chief organiser for the Galagedara Electorate in Kandy District and former Diyawadana Nilame (Chief lay Custodian) of the Temple of the Tooth. He is the current Leader of the Opposition in the Kandy Municipal Council.

Early life[edit]

Neranjan with his grandfather Sir Edwin Wijeyeratne (Ex Cabinet Minister of Home Affairs and Rural Development)
Neranjan he was five years in 1961

Born to Nissanka Wijeyeratne & Nita Dullewe Wijeyeratne he is the eldest of three brothers and a sister. His father and grandfather, Sir Edwin Wijeyeratne were prominent politicians who had become cabinet ministers and his brother Mano Wijeyeratne was Non-Cabinet Minister of Enterprise Development and Plantation Services. Neranjan Wijeyeratne was educated at Royal College, Colombo.

Residence of Neranjan Wijeyeratne
Meeduma Walauwa, Rambukkana

Diyawadana Nilame[edit]

Following his father's footsteps, he was elected Diyawadana Nilame (Chief lay Custodian) of the Temple of the Tooth, Kandy in March 1985 and served for a total of 20 years, until 2005, being re-elected once again in May 1995. Prior to being named the Diyawadana Nilame he served a term of 5 years as Basnayake Nilame (Lay Custodian) of Lankathilaka Maha Vishnu devalaya, Kandy. He was noted for his ability when the temple was restored following the LTTE bombing in 1998.[1][2][3] He was also responsible for the construction of the famous 'golden fence' around Sri Dalada maligawa. He set up the Dalada Museum, which houses a historic collection of artifacts related to the Temple of the Tooth and Buddhism in Sri Lanka.[3] The 'Temple of the Tooth Special Development Fund and Sri Dalada Maligawa Buddhist Welfare Fund was set up by him.[4] Meanwhile, the Pallekale Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy (Thai Sri Lanka International Buddhist Institution) with a modern conference hall that can accommodate up to 1000 guests was established by Neranjan Wijeyeratne while he was Diyawadana Nilame.[5] During his tenure, he maintained close links with Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Myanmar religious dignitaries and played a major role in promoting Sri Lanka's Buddhist heritage.[6][7]


After stepping down as Diyawadana Nilame following his second term, he went in to active politics. He is the current leader of the opposition in the Kandy Municipal Council.


He is married to Devika Mediwake Daughter of Dr Laxminath & Chintha Mediwake, and Grand Daughter of William Gopallawa (first President of Sri Lanka) and has two children Mokshana Wijeyeratne & Navindra Wijeyeratne.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ More Details About The Attack Emerge.
  2. ^ Why, why, why ?.Sunday Times, Retrieved on 1 February 1998.
  3. ^ a b Art Attack. Archaeology, Retrieved on May / June 2001.
  4. ^ Adharmista rulers, the cause of drought.The Island, Retrieved on 5 September 2001.
  5. ^ Pallekele land vested in Sri Dalada Maligawa. Daily News,Retrieved on 3 August 2004.
  6. ^ Thailand to donate golden casket.Buddhism Today, Retrieved on 9 September 2001.
  7. ^ Buddhists leave for China.The Island, Retrieved on 18 May 2002.

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