Colombo, May 9 (newsin.asia): Special prayers and ceremonies were held by people of different faiths across Sri Lanka on May 8, for the well-being of the people of India in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The diversity seen in these solidarity ceremonies was a true manifestation of the camaraderie and connect between the peoples of India and Sri Lanka, the Indian High Commission said in a press release on Sunday.
A multi-religious, country-wide ‘Vishwa Ashirwada Horawa’ was organized by Ministry of Buddhasasana, Cultural and Religious Affairs, headed by Prime Minister H.E Mahinda Rajapaksa, from 1730 to 1830 hrs. High Commissioner H.E Gopal Baglay attended the special ceremony held at the Sri Gangaramaya Temple. The Rathna Sutra and Jwara Pirith were recited on the occasion.
Ambassadors of Japan, Vietnam and several other diplomats also attended the event.
Mahamritunjaya Maha Yagya was held simultaneously at the five Easwarams (Siva temples) in Sri Lanka. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited the Naguleewsawaram Temple during his visit to Sri Lanka in March 2015 and as a mark of his symbolic participation at the event, his photographs from the visit were displayed at the site of the ceremony.
The office bearers of the Kondavil Ayyappa and Maaviddapuram Kandaswamy Temples also handed over to S. Balachandran, Consul General of India in Jaffna, letters of solidarity addressed to Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Modi.
Catholic churches in Jaffna dedicated a one-hour prayer service to the people of Sri Lanka, India and beyond. Parallel prayers were held at private houses as well at the same time.
A multitude of such prayers and ceremonies were held over the previous weeks across the island nation. The High Commission reiterates its sincere gratitude and sense of appreciation to all sections of Sri Lankan society for firmly standing by their brethren in India and the sentiments, empathy and concern for them during these unprecedentedly difficult times.