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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2526

Dazzling Vesak Pandal in New Delhi

Nesw Delhi, 14 May, (Asiantribune.ccom):

The Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi has made arrangements to display a Vesak Pandal, “Thorana” in the city of New Delhi from 15th – 21st May 2017.

The inauguration of this Vesak Pandal will take place on 15th May 2017 at 1930 hrs with the presence of Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Minister of Education from Sri Lanka and Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs as the Chief Guest from Indian Government. Dr. Mahesh Sharma , Minister of State for Tourism & Culture
of India, Shri Ram Das Athawale, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment will be guests on this special ocassion.

The “thorana” in New Delhi depicts the story of “Angulimala”. The message given by this story to the humanity is that ‘Any untamable could be tamed by compassion’.

This is a 40 feet high artwork lit up with 15,000 bulbs, considered the first ever “thorana” (Pandal) erected in New Delhi, India. The story of Angulimala will be played in Hindi language for the public to understand. Arrangements are also underway to have a Bakthi Gee Session (Buddhist religious songs) sung by the members of the Sri Lanka High Commission staff and their family members, Sri Lankan Students and Sri Lankans living in New Delhi deriving the true spirit of the qualities and life of Buddha which will add color to this auspicious event. As it is done in Sri Lanka, the Shanthipath area will also be lit up with 200 white color lanterns and buckets making the area a Vesak Kalapaya or the Vesak Compound that celebrates Buddha Purnima in New Delhi.

This High Commission with the support of sponsors, ITC Maurya, Rites Ltd. , IOC and the IRCON has been able to arrange the display of this Vesak Pandal. The Ministry of External Affairs of India has given the consent to this project and the New Delhi Municipal Council facilitated the erection of the Pandal, together with a 16 member team from the Engineering Services Section of the Sri Lanka Army, who are presently working on this project in New Delhi. The Sri Lankan Airlines courteously facilitated the arrival of this expertise team to set up the Vesak Pandal in New Delhi.

This will be the first time in India, a Pandal will be displayed and will be a historic event. It will coincide with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka, as the Chief Guest at the United Nations Vesak Day Celebrations in Colombo from 11-12 May 2017.

The significance of this event lies with its unique nature and the historic relevance that it entails which marks as an important milestone for India Sri Lanka bilateral relations based on Buddhism. It will further rejuvenate the legacy of spiritual connectivity that has existed between Sri Lanka and India over many millennia.

- Asian Tribune -

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