India notes importance of Buddhist links with SL

Monday, 26 July 2021

India today noted the Buddhist linkages with Sri Lanka, saying it dated back to the times of Lord Buddha himself who visited Sri Lanka on three different occasions as per ancient texts.

The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka said that the International Buddhist Confederation, with the support of Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Government of India, Mahabodhi Society of India and Indian Council for Cultural Relations organized the annual Esala Poya Day (known as Ashada Purnima in India) event to mark the first sermon by Lord Buddha on Saturday.

President of India Ram Nath Kovind gave a video message on the occasion and also planted a sapling of the Bodhi tree in the garden of Rashtrapati Bhavan, residence of the President.