In a magnificent celebration of the Indo-Buddhist heritage, the High Commission of India, Colombo, orchestrated an awe-inspiring exhibition that enthralled attendees during the sacred Esala Poya Day at the esteemed Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo. This extraordinary event coincided with the auspicious Indian festival of Guru Purnima, a time-honored occasion that reveres the guru or spiritual mentor who bestows wisdom, guidance, and enlightenment upon seekers of truth. Remarkably, it was on this very Poya day that The Buddha delivered his inaugural sermon at the sacred site of Sarnath in India.
Within the exhibition’s enchanting halls, a tapestry of evocative photographs adorned the walls, vividly portraying pivotal moments from The Buddha’s extraordinary life and showcasing some of India’s most revered Buddhist pilgrimage destinations. These captivating images served as gateways to the past, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in the profound teachings and remarkable history of Buddhism. Furthermore, the exhibition unveiled age-old sculptures and intricately carved artifacts that have withstood the test of time, bearing witness to the enduring legacy of India’s rich artistic and spiritual heritage.
Leading luminaries, Ven. Dr. Kirinde Assaji Thera and High Commissioner of India Gopal Baglay, graced the exhibition with their presence, embarking on a mesmerizing journey through its captivating displays. Their discerning eyes and profound appreciation for the profound wisdom encapsulated in the exhibited works added an air of distinction to the event.
This enthralling showcase of India’s Buddhist heritage is one in a series of extraordinary exhibitions organized by the High Commission, each one dedicated to illuminating the magnificence and timelessness of this profound tradition. Notable exhibitions commemorating Vesak and Poson Poya were hosted earlier this year, enchanting visitors with their ethereal beauty and profound spiritual significance. Seema Malakaya and Homagama Poson Zone bore witness to these awe-inspiring displays, encapsulating the essence of India’s venerable Buddhist legacy.
The Indo-Buddhist Heritage Forum continues to serve as a beacon, drawing individuals from all walks of life to revel in the resplendence of India’s ancient spiritual tapestry. With each exhibition, a profound connection is forged, inspiring a deep appreciation for the teachings of The Buddha and the enduring legacy of India’s sacred heritage.