World's first Buddhist museum to be opened
The 2600th anniversary of Buddha's Enlightenment - the 2600th
Sambuddhathva Jayanthi which will be observed on May 17, will be marked
by a series of events to be held throughout the island.
Sambuddhathva Jayanthi organising committee under the Ministry of
Religious and Moral Uplift says a number of programmes have been
finalised to mark this anniversary.
The main religious ceremony will be held on Vesak Poya Day at the
Anuradhapura sacred city.
A large number of devotees will observe sil on that day. A religious
programme will be held in temples and Buddhist centres throughout the
island. The world's first Buddhist Museum, set up at Kandy's Sri Dalada
Maligawa complex will be opened by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on May 20
to coincide with the Sambuddhathva Jayanthi celebration.
The museum comprises artefacts and other objects depicting the
civilisation and culture of 17 countries which have embraced Buddhism.
The museum has been created on a concept of Diyawadana Nilame,
Pradeep Nilanga Dela Bandara at the Colonial Courts complex in Kandy.
Among the countries represented at the museum are China, Korea,
Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Pakistan,
Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. -RJ
Largest Buddha statue in Anuradhapura
The largest Samadhi Buddha statue in the world, to commemorate the
Sambuddhathva Jayanthi is to be constructed in Anuradhapura on the
instructions of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Laying of the foundation
stone for this was held at the auspicious hour of 10.00 a.m. on May 13,
at the precincts of Siri Sangarama, Kuda Kaletthewa, Anuradhapura.
Faculty of Aesthetic Studies Dean Prof. Sarath Maldeniya is the
architect of the project. The estimated cost of the statue, the height
of which will be 522 feet when completed, is Rs. 1,000 million. The work
is to be completed in 30 months.
News in brief
Renovation of temples
The Government has decided to renovate several temples out of the
11,500 registered temples in the country. The programme will be launched
on Vesak Full Moon Poya Day.
The Department of Buddhist Affairs has identified temples with
limited facilities and has prepared a priority list of temples that
should be developed early in each districts.
Ordaining of 2,600 Samaneras
The Sambuddhathva Jayanthi Committee has decided to ordain 2,600
Samaneras between year 2011 and 2012.
According to the Sambuddhathva Jayanthi Committee, the Government
will fund their education for five years. About 500 monks have already
been ordained under the programme.
A Bodhi Pooja will be held at Theeverya Vihara in the Ratnapura
District on the Vesak Full Moon Poya Day to invoke blessings on the
The religious ceremony will be organised by the Ratnapura District's
Sambuddhathva Jayanthi Committee and the Ratnapura Praja Development
Sambuddhathva Jayanthi Mandiraya
The world's largest Buddhist Publications and Information Centre is
to be housed in the capital of Sri Lanka.
The Sambuddhathva Jayanthi Mandiraya located at No. 32, Havelock
Road, Colombo 5, will beopned to mark the 2600th Sambuddhathva Jayanthi.
Director of the Buddhist Cultural Centre, Ven. Kirama Wimalajothi Thera
said that the Mandiraya which will have 16 storeys would be largest in
the world and a place of great significance to the Buddhists.
Renaming Havelock Road
The Government has decided to rename the Havelock Road to mark the
Sambuddhathva Jayanthi. According to the Buddhist Cultural Centre,
Havelock Road is to be renamed as Sambuddhathva Jayanthi Mawatha.
Havelock Road will be renamed after the opening Ceremony of the
world's largest Buddhist Publications and Information Centre in Sri
Lanka, said Buddhist Cultural Centre sources.
Commentaries in Sinhala and Pali
The Buddhist Cultural Centre has arranged to release 10 Commentaries
in Sinhala and Pali to commemorate the 2600th Sambuddhathva Jayanthi for
the first time in Sri Lanka's history. Ven. Kirama Wimalajothi Thera
revealed of plans to launch a Pali-Sinhala Dictionary containing 25,000
A series of countrywide exhibitions is being organised while the main
exhibition, organised by the Archaeology Department of the Cultural
Affairs Ministry, and the Buddhist Affairs Ministry, will commence in
Colombo. The main exhibition will be held at the BMICH. A series of
exhibitions will be held at several main temples in every District, the
Buddhist Affairs Ministry sources said.
The Ministry of Cultural Affairs together with The Ministry of
Education has decided to conduct sil campaign in schools islandwide.
They wille commence on the Vesak Full Moon Poya Day and continue until
end of May.