As the sound of little voices chanting devotional hymns filled the Sinhalese Buddhist temple in Scarborough yesterday, a smile spread across the face of Sunday school teacher Lakmini Pinnaduwage.

“It’s great to see all the kids here today,” said Pinnaduwage.

Those in the city’s Sinhalese community have been without their own place of worship since mid-May.

That’s when, during the height of protests by local Tamils as Sri Lanka’s civil war reached a climax, the Kingston Road temple was targeted by arsonists.

The overnight blaze, which caused about $150,000 in damage and is still under investigation, occurred days after the temple received threats. from Tamils.

Yesterday, more than 300 people filled the newly restored Toronto Mahavihara Buddhist Meditation Centre for its official reopening, which included a postponed Sunday school certificate ceremony.