Colombo, August 9 (newsin.asia): The Mahabodhi Society in India on Monday conducted a ‘Sri Lanka-India Ashirvada Puja at the Mulagandhakuti Vihara in Sarnath for the prosperity and well-being of the people of Sri Lanka and also to mark the first anniversary of the swearing-in of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and High Commissioner of India Gopal Baglay participated in the special prayers virtually, a press release from the Indian High Commission said.
The sacred events were held particularly in view of the current situation in the island nation, struck as it is by the COVID-19 pandemic. Prayers were offered for the continued strong bilateral partnership between India and Sri Lanka.
Various Buddhist temples and offices associated with the Mahabodhi Society spread across India, as in Bodh Gaya, Lumbini, Kolkata, and Lucknow also took part in the online prayers.
At a specially auspicious pre-dawn time on Monday, offerings were made to Lord Venkateswara at the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam for Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the people of Sri Lanka.
Prime Minister Rajapaksa is a devotee of the Lord Venkateswara and has prayed at his shine during his visits to India.
It might be recalled that special prayers and ceremonies were held by people of different faiths across Sri Lanka for their Indian brethren during the second COVID-19 wave in India.
Prayers for the well-being of each other underscore the deep people-to-people ties and civilizational linkages between the two countries.