15th May 2017 17:32:31 Hours
Rejuvenating the legacy of spiritual connectivity and cultural ethos that has existed between Sri Lanka and India for generations, a brightly - lit up ‘Vesak’ Pandol erected by the Sri Lanka Army’s Corps of Engineer Services (CES), following an initiative of Ms Chitranganee Wagiswara, High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in India will be on display in New Delhi beginning Monday (15) to coincide with the ongoing commemoration of the Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment and Parrinibbana (passing away).
In addition, over 200 white coloured Vesak lanterns and buckets for the first time will adorn New Delhi in commemoration with this significant event revered by Buddhist world-wide.
A team of 01 Officer and 15 Other Rankers of the CES who left for India on 2 May with necessary paraphernalia for the task of erecting this novel Pandol in New Delhi began their creative project within a few hours in close coordination with the Defence Adviser at the High Commission.
Sri Lanka Navy supported the project by coordinating the ferrying of the required materials, equipment and iron structures, etc to India.
The multi-coloured Pandol in New Delhi that depicts the ‘Angulimala’ Jathaka story of the life of the Buddha is 40 feet in height and illuminated with 15,000 bulbs. A Hindi version of the Jathaka Story is to be played in the arrangement.
Considered as the first ever project of this nature in India in the recent past the Pandol after its ceremonial opening on Monday (15) will be on display until May 21.
According to a Press Release issued by the New Delhi-based High Commission for Sri Lanka, Hon Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Minister of Education of Sri Lanka and Hon Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs in India are expected to inaugurate the display of the Pandol after a brief ceremony this evening (15).
A number of state sector agencies of the Indian government including New Delhi Municipal Council have extended their support for this monumental gesture of veneration.