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TOO ILL: Raja was fed too many goodies. PHOTO: AP
TOO ILL: Raja was fed too many goodies. PHOTO: AP

Raja fell ill after eating too many cookies, chocolates and other rich food offered to him as part of Buddhist New Year celebrations. Thousands of worshippers visited Raja at Colombo's 150-year-old Gangaramaya Temple before the New Year celebrations and offered him homemade cookies deep fried in coconut oil, chocolates, rice cooked in thick milk and fermented slices of sweet pineapple, said the monks who care for him. At dawn, monks found Raja writhing in pain with tears in his eyes. "He likes eating and so many people came and offered him all sorts of things," said Kirinde Assaji, the 37-yearold monk who led efforts to help Raja. COMPILED BY NIMI KURIAN


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