Security Forces erect biggest pandal in North
Vesak is the most sacred day observed traditionally by Buddhists in
Sri Lanka and many other countries in Asia and South East Asia. The
festival is informally known as "The Buddha's Birthday", and encompasses
the birth, enlightenment (Nirvana), and death (Parinibhana) of Gautama
The huge pandal in Kilinochchi
The celebration of Vesak this year in Kilinochchi is unique due to
numerous reasons. As per the Buddhist calendar the year is 2556 and the
Vesak Day falls on May 24, 2013. Kilinochchi being one of the transit
places of Mahinda Thera the first-born son of the Mauryan Emperor Asoka
who visited Kilinochchi nearly 2319 years ago, will witness a grand
celebration of Vesak after so many decades in history.
The Security Forces in Kilinochchi will erect the biggest Pandal in
the North in the history of Kilinochchi to mark the occasion. All the
service troops including the Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka Air Force and Sri
Lanka Police join hands in this religious ceremony by contributing
financial donations, labour, technological expertise and moral support
with sheer dedication and commitment. Many donors will also assist the
noble endeavour from around the country.
Construction work has also begun at the Kilinochchi Central College
ground complex. The Pandal will be displayed till May 31. The theme of
the pandal is depicting the character of Emperor Asoka, who conquered,
brought peace and unity to most of present-day India and later dedicated
himself to the propagation of Buddhism across Asia. The Pandal will
depict the Asoka philosophy since Asoka regarded Buddhism as a doctrine
that could serve as a cultural foundation for political unity in India.
The uniqueness of the pandal includes many features. It has over
30,000 coloured bulbs and is 38 ft high and 42 ft long. The digitally
controlled modern lighting system developed by the army engineers will
add glamour and colour to the pandal and the special technical control
room will be open to the public.
The aim of displaying the pandal is to spread the message of peace,
sharing cultural and religious sentiments with the people of Kilinochchi
who were deprived of the privilege for many years and to enlighten
schoolchildren to the splendour of cultural and religious diversity.
A Vesak Kalapaya will be organised at the Kilinochchi Central College
grounds including a Maha Bath Dansala, ice cream dansala, Vesak Bakthi
Gee and a Vesak drama. The event will certainly provide a novel cultural
and religious experience for the communities in Kilinochchi paving the
way for religious harmony.