By NRI Nation News Desk
The High Commission of India in Colombo is showcasing India's Buddhist heritage at the Buddha Rashmi National Vesak Festival. The exhibition, organized at Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo, displays India's Buddhist heritage and is open for public viewing.
Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe, Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay, and other dignitaries visited the exhibition on May 3, 2023. The exhibition was part of the Vesak Festival organized by the Sri Lankan President's Secretariat, Prime Minister's Office, and Gangaramaya Temple.
The exhibition organized by the High Commission of India in Colombo as part of the Buddha Rashmi National Vesak Festival highlights India's Buddhist heritage. The exhibition, which coincides with the sacred Vesak Full Moon Poya Day, celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and Mahaparinirvana of The Buddha, and emphasizes the long-standing connection between India and Sri Lanka.
The exhibition features digital recreations of fresco paintings from India's renowned Ajanta caves, a UNESCO Heritage Site. The paintings depict significant moments from Lord Buddha's life and Jataka tales. Located in Maharashtra, India, the Ajanta Caves are ancient Buddhist cave monuments that date back to the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C.
During the exhibition's soft opening, Ankur Naik and Prasad Pawar, the curators of the event, presented President Ranil Wickremesinghe with a basalt stone replica of the famous “Padmapani” statue's digitally restored Padma.
The exhibition was also displayed at the first Global Buddhist Summit held in New Delhi, India, from April 20-21, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi viewed it.