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On a two-day visit to Sri Lanka, PM Narendra Modi visits Buddhist Seema Malaka temple in Colombo

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Thu May 11 2017, 11:07 pm
  • PM Narendra Modi, Sri Lanka, Buddhist Seema Malaka temple, Colombo, narendra modi srilanka visit, Ranil Wickremesinghe, United Nations Vesak Day celebrations

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka, visited country's oldest Buddhist Seema Malaka temple in Colombo. Accompanied by his counterpart, Ranil Wickremesinghe, the prime minister took part in the traditional lamp-lighting ceremony, a PTI report said. He offered prayers and also prayed at the altar of the temple, which is a part of Gangaramaya Temple. He along with the Sri Lankan prime minister were received by temple's chief monk. Narendra Modi entered the holy sanctum of the temple and lit lamps on the eve of the International Vesak Day celebrations, which is the the biggest festival of Buddhists,PTI said. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickramsinghe pressed a switch to start the lamp-lighting ceremony.Gangaramaya Temple is situated in the bustling inner-city Colombo, near to the Beira Lake.It is a popular tourist attraction, a place of worship and a learning as well as vocational training centre, the agency report said. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was received at the Colombo International Airport by PM Ranil Wickremesinghe and several senior ministers, the PTI report said. Upon reaching Colombo, Modi tweeted, "I am happy to be in Sri Lanka, where I will join the International Vesak Day Celebrations."

  • PM Narendra Modi, Sri Lanka, Buddhist Seema Malaka temple, Colombo, narendra modi srilanka visit, Ranil Wickremesinghe, United Nations Vesak Day celebrations

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe visiting Seema Malaka Temple, in Colombo on Thursday. PTI Photo / PIB

  • PM Narendra Modi, Sri Lanka, Buddhist Seema Malaka temple, Colombo, narendra modi srilanka visit, Ranil Wickremesinghe, United Nations Vesak Day celebrations

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi prays at Seema Malaka Temple, in Colombo on Thursday. PTI Photo / PIB

  • PM Narendra Modi, Sri Lanka, Buddhist Seema Malaka temple, Colombo, narendra modi srilanka visit, Ranil Wickremesinghe, United Nations Vesak Day celebrations

    In this photo provided by Sri Lankan President's Office, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, and his Sri Lankan counter part Ranil Wickremesinghe, right, arrive at the Gangaramaya Buddhist temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, May 11, 2017.AP/PTI

  • PM Narendra Modi, Sri Lanka, Buddhist Seema Malaka temple, Colombo, narendra modi srilanka visit, Ranil Wickremesinghe, United Nations Vesak Day celebrations

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signs a visitors book as his Sri Lankan counter part Ranil Wickremesinghe watches after his arrival in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, May 11, 2017. (AP Photo)

  • PM Narendra Modi, Sri Lanka, Buddhist Seema Malaka temple, Colombo, narendra modi srilanka visit, Ranil Wickremesinghe, United Nations Vesak Day celebrations

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi being blessed by the priest at Seema Malaka Temple, in Colombo on Thursday. PTI Photo / PIB

  • PM Narendra Modi, Sri Lanka, Buddhist Seema Malaka temple, Colombo, narendra modi srilanka visit, Ranil Wickremesinghe, United Nations Vesak Day celebrations

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi pressing switch for lighting the lamp at Seema Malaka Temple, in Colombo on Thursday. Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe is also seen. PTI Photo / PIB

  • PM Narendra Modi, Sri Lanka, Buddhist Seema Malaka temple, Colombo, narendra modi srilanka visit, Ranil Wickremesinghe, United Nations Vesak Day celebrations

    India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is welcomed by two children as Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe looks on after arriving for the United Nations Vesak Day celebrations in Katunayake, Sri Lanka May 11, 2017. REUTERS

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