Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa to visit Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh

09/01/2020

BHOPAL: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has consented to visit famous Buddhist shrine Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh to strengthen cultural relations between the two countries.
Madhya Pradesh public relations minister PC Sharma, during his short visit to Sri Lanka, met Rajapaksa and invited him to Sanchi on behalf of chief minister Kamal Nath. Sharma also shared views on the development of religious and tourist places in both the countries.

Accepting the invitation, Rajapaksa said he would soon plan a visit to Sanchi. He said Sri Lankan government was seriously considering the proposal by MP government to renovate the Sita Mata temple in Nuwara Eliya too.

"President Rajapaksa expressed happiness over the proposal of a cultural exchange programme based on folk culture between Sri Lanka and India. The President of Sri Lanka also agreed to the proposal of starting Bhopal-Colombo direct air service," said Sharma in a statement here.

The two leaders also discussed in detail the development of World Buddhist Museum, educational institute, training and spiritual centre for monks and Buddhist Chanting Centre in Sanchi.

On this occasion, the international president of Mahabodhi Society, Bhikkhu Wangal Uptis Nayak Thero, additional chief secretary of spirituality department, Manoj Shrivastava and adviser VK Amar were present in the MP delegation. Minister Sharma also handed over a momentum to Sri Lankan President on behalf of the MP government.

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

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