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."