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Modi will interact with leading Buddhist spiritual leaders

  • New Delhi: The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi will be visiting Sri Lanka on 11th and 12th May, 2017.
  • In a post from his Facebook account the Prime Minister said:
  • "I will be in Sri Lanka for a two-day visit starting today, 11th May. This will be my second bilateral visit there in two years, a sign of our strong relationship.
  • During my visit, I will join the International Vesak Day celebrations in Colombo on 12th May, where I will interact with leading Buddhist spiritual leaders, scholars and theologians. It is my honour to join these celebrations with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
  • My visit brings to the fore one of the most abiding links between India and Sri Lanka- the shared heritage of Buddhism.
  • During my last visit in 2015, I had the opportunity to visit Anuradhapura, a UNESCO world heritage site and a leading centre of Buddhism for centuries. This time, I will be privileged to pay respect at the revered Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy, also known as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
  • My visit will commence in Colombo with a visit to the Seema Malaka at the Gangaramayya temple where I will take part in the traditional lamp lighting ceremony.
  • I will be meeting with President Sirisena, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and other eminent dignitaries.
  • I will also visit the up country region of Sri Lanka where I will inaugurate the Dickoya Hospital that has been built with Indian assistance, and have an interaction with the Indian-origin Tamil community.
  • I will be sharing more from Sri Lanka on social media. You can watch all my programmes in Sri Lanka live on the ‘Narendra Modi Mobile App.’"
  • PM arrives in Colombo, visits Seema Malaka Temple
  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, arrived in Colombo this evening. He was received at the airport by the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Mr. Ranil Wickramsinghe, and other senior Ministers.
  • Both Prime Ministers later arrived at the Seema Malaka Temple, where they were received by the Chief Monk of the Temple, among other dignitaries.
  • The Prime Minister offered flowers at the altar of the Temple. Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Wickramsinghe together pressed a switch for the lamp-lighting ceremony on the eve of Vesak Day, characterised by brilliant multi coloured lights and a fireworks display.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi pressing switch for the lamp-lighting ceremony at the Seema Malaka Temple, in Colombo, Sri Lanka on May 11, 2017.
The Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe is also seen.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi at Seema Malaka Temple, in Colombo, Sri Lanka on May 11, 2017.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi at Seema Malaka Temple, in Colombo, Sri Lanka on May 11, 2017.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi being received by the Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, on his arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, in Colombo, Sri Lanka on May 11, 2017.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He is working as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University, which has 440 colleges under its umbrella.

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