Jayanthi celebrations begin in India
The Maha Bodhi Society of India, which was started by Srimath Anagarika
Dharmapala, held its inaugural ceremonies to mark the 2550 Buddha
Jayanthi celebrations in Kolkata, India on January 7 amidst a gathering
of several distinguished guests and speakers both from India and
chief guest on the occasion was India’s Parliamentary Affairs,
Telecommunication and Information Minister Priya Ranjan Das Moosajee
while Speaker W.J.M. Lokubandara delivered the inaugural speech
at the function.
Mr. Lokubandara said the Sri Lanka Government and the President
are taking steps to celebrate the Buddha Jayanthi celebrations at
the highest level.
welcome speech was made by India Maha Bodhi Society’s Chairman
Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modhi while world renowned author Deepak Chopra
too spoke on the occasion and said Buddhism was the solution to
many ills and unrest prevalent in the world today.
Ambassador to India who is also concurrently accredited to Sri Lanka
and Bangladesh Chon Bhunten who was guest of honour on the occasion
said the 2550 Buddha Jayanthi was the right time for Buddhists to
start spreading the message of compassion and tolerance preached
by Lord Buddha.
Dr. Bellanwila Wimalaratana Thera too addressed the function while
the General Secretary of the India Maha Bodhi Society Dr. Dodamgoda
Revatha Thera delivered the vote of thanks.