Sri Lanka to build a pilgrims' rest for Buddhist visitors to India

ColomboPage, November 29, 2006

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Sri Lankan government has initiated a project to set up a full-fledged pilgrims' rest in the sacred area of the Sanchi Chethiyagiri Temple in India for the benefit of Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world.

Minister of Urban Development and Water Supply Dinesh Gunawardena ceremonially laid the foundation for the proposed pilgrimsí rest.

Ven. Banagala Upatissa Thero, the President of the Sri Lanka Maha Bodhi Society, and L.K. Sharma, Minister of Cultural Affairs of Madhaya Pradesh, India, were among the distinguished persons gathered at the function.

The project, approved by President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa, will be implemented by the National Physical Planning Department of the Ministry of Urban Development and Water Supply.