Lankan Minister donates Rs. 10 cr. (US$ 2.05 mil) gold dome to Buddhist shrine

PTI, Feb 8, 2006

Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh (India) -- Sri Lankan Agriculture Minister Chaman Rajapakse, today offered prayers at the famous Buddhist piligrimage at Sankisa here and donated a golden dome worth Rs 10 crores to the stupa.

The Minister, who is the brother of Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, and his entourage arrived here from Agra last evening and took part in the 'paritran paath' which would continue till tomorrow.

Earlier the Sri Lankan group, consisting of men and women clad in traditional clothes, took out a 'shobha yatra' (procession) carrying the golden dome ('kalash'). The dome was place in the stupa by Rajapakse this morning.

In 2004, the then President of Sri Lanka Chandrika Kumaratunge had also donated a golden dome to the stupa.