Colombo, May 5 (newsin.asia): The High Commission of India, on behalf of the Government and people of India, expresses its sincere gratitude to the clergy and the people of Sri Lanka for their continuing prayers and good wishes for their brethren in India as a pandemic of epic proportions is being valiantly fought, the High Commission said in a release on Wednesday.
“The High Commissioner and his officials are overwhelmed by numerous calls and messages they have received, in addition to the special ceremonies that are being organized in different parts of Sri Lanka, for the health and well-being of people of India,” the statement added.
Prayers and ceremonies for the people of India have been held in different parts of Sri Lanka. Chanting of ‘Rathana Sutra’ was held on several occasions in various Buddhist temples. This includes the Kapilavastu Buddha Relics Chamber of Waskaduwa Rajaguru Sri Subhuthi Maha Viharaya under the auspices of Most Ven. Dr Waskaduwe Mahindawansa Mahanayake Thero on 29 April 2021; the Bharatha Ashirvada Puja led by Most Ven. Dr. Omalpe Sobhitha Nayake Thero at the Chamber of holy Buddha Relics at Sri Bodhiraja Monastery in Embilipitiya on 1 May 2021; at different places including the Agra Sravaka Viharaya, Maligakanda under the auspices of the Mahabodhi society on the same day; at Thiriyaya Raja Maha Viharaya in Trincomalee organized by Anuradha Yahampath, Governor of the Eastern Province on 2 May 2021; Bharatha Ashirvada Puja at Gangaramaya Temple on 3 May 2021; at Sri Naga Vihara in Jaffna on 5 May 2021 etc. Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation and Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs are jointly organizing a 7-day recital from 6 May 2021.
The Hindu Religious Forum organized a special prayer at Kandarmadam Nataraja Temple in Jaffna on 30 April 2021. Veda Paarayanam and Thirumurai recitals were also held as a part of these special prayers. Another prayer was organized by the Shirdi Sai Center in Colombo on 2 May 2021. A special Puja dedicated to Goddess Dhanvantari for the health of the people of India shall be conducted at Mayurpathy Temple in Colombo on 7 May 2021. In addition, Mahamritunjaya Yagya shall be held at all five Eshwarams in Sri Lanka on 8 May 2021.
Prayers were held for India during the Sunday service at the Anglican Church on 2 May 2021. Sri Lankan nationals from various walks of life who received their education in India came together to express their solidarity with India on 27 April 2021. Hashtags, such as ‘thinkingofindia’, ‘PrayForIndia’, are trending on social media in Sri Lanka. There are also public calls for various other unique solidarity gestures by several organizations and business enterprises.
“It may be recalled that President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa had expressed deep empathy and concern in his letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 28 April 2021. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa conveyed his sentiments and solidarity to Prime Minister Modi during the meeting with High Commissioner Gopal Baglay on 29 April 2021.
“The High Commission is touched and humbled by these prayers and well wishes, which is a true reflection of the deep people to people connect and the millennia-old bonds between India and Sri Lanka,” the statement said.