May 16, Colombo: This year, at the invitation of the Government of Sri Lanka, India has participated in the Buddha Rashmi Vesak celebrations.
India is displaying a Vesak lantern modelled on the Mahabodhi Temple in Gaya, Bihar, from 15 to 19th May 2014 at the Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo. The lantern being exhibited is based on the architecture of the Mahabodhi Temple.
The event is being jointly organized by the Presidential Secretariat and the Gangaramaya Temple.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Thursday opened the Buddha Rashmi Vesak at the Gangaramaya Temple.
India-Sri Lanka relations have a rich legacy of civilizational, cultural, religious and linguistic interaction. The advent of Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BCE is linked with the arrival of Prince Mahendra in Sri Lanka known as Arahat Mahinda and later of Princess Sanghamitra, who were the children of the great Indian Emperor Ashoka. The links forged since then have become stronger over the years. Cultural traits brought from India have blossomed and have been adapted to suit the Sri Lankan way of life.
India's participation in the Buddha Rashmi Vesak celebrations is yet another manifestation of the rich cultural tapestry that the two countries share, based on historic affinities, which have been nourished by contemporary associations, the Indian High Commission said in a statement.