Colombo, June 4: The High Commission of India, Colombo organized a Special Exhibition on India’s rich Buddhist Heritage as a part of the Homagama Poson Zone on June 3 and 4.
The Exhibition was inaugurated by the Minister of Transport and Highways and Minister of Mass Media, Bandula Gunawardana, in the presence of members of several dignitaries including members of the diplomatic corps.
The Exhibition showcased a series of photographs depicting some of the prominent Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India including Dhamek Stupa in Uttar Pradesh, Mahabodhi Temple and the Ashoka Pillar in Bihar, Sanchi Stupa in Madhya Pradesh. Photographs of over centuries-old sculptures and carvings are also exhibited.
A special attraction of the Exhibition was a lantern depicting the arrival of Arahat Mahinda to Sri Lanka on one of its panels. The other panels depicted the strong linkages between the four virtues of Buddhism i.e Metta, Karuna, Mudita and Upekka and the theme of India’s ongoing Presidency of the G20 i.e. One Earth, One Family, One Future.
The festival marking the arrival of Arahat Mahinda to Sri Lanka with the teachings of Buddhism from India, commemorates the age-old ties between India and Sri Lanka. In order to further this civilizational connect, India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi had announced a special grant of USD 15 million for promotion of Buddhist ties.
Work is underway to carry out solar electrification of hundreds of temples across Sri Lanka under this grant. Last month as a part of the sacred Vesak Festival, the High Commission of India had organized a Special Exhibition at Seemamalakaya, Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo.