High Commission of India, Colombo is organising a Special Exhibition showcasing India’s rich Buddhist heritage to mark the sacred Esala Poya Day at Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo on 3 July 2023. This day coincides with the Indian festival of Guru Purnima, which is celebrated to honour the guru or spiritual mentor who imparts knowledge, guidance and enlightenment. It was on this Poya day that The Buddha preached his First Sermon at Sarnath in India.

The Exhibition showcases a series of photographs depicting significant episodes from the life of The Buddha and some of the prominent Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India. Photographs of over centuries-old sculptures and carvings in India are also exhibited. Ven. Dr. Kirinde Assaji Thera and High Commissioner of India H.E Gopal Baglay took a walk-through of the Exhibition.

High Commission organises several such exhibitions on India’s Buddhist heritage, the most recent being the ones on the occasions of Vesak and Poson Poya this year at Seema Malakaya and Homagama Poson Zone respectively.