In his first official visit to the State of Gujarat, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India, Milinda Moragoda unraveled two photographs of Sri Lankan origin at the international terminal of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad.
Milinda Moragoda, the High Commissioner is on a two day official visit to meet with other state officials and potential investors.
The pictures which have been painted by Sri Lankan painter Solias Mendis in the Kelaniya Rajamaha Vihara, have been put up in a visible location in the Ahmedabad airport. The first painting shows Arahat Mahinda narrating the message of Buddha to King Devanampiyatissa upon arriving in Sri Lanka. While the second painting shows Theri Sanghamitta’s arrival in Sri Lanka carrying a sapling of the Sri Maha Bodi tree.
The paintings carry strong historical message as both events that occurred in the Third Century BC saw the commencement of Buddhist civilization in Sri Lanka. They both highlight the strong and shatterproof civilizational bonds that are between SriLanka and India.
It is seen that similar photographs will be installed in international airports of Buddha Gaya and Varnasi as well.