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Unveiling of an idol of Lord Buddha

High Commissioner of India Ashok K. Kantha and Hon'ble Governor of Central Province Tikiri Kobbekaduwa, in presence of Most Venerable Mahanayake Asigiriya, Most Venerable Anunayake Malawatte, Most Venerable Mahasangha and Hon'ble Diyawadana Nilame,unveiled a 16 feet high idol of Lord Buddha at the entrance of the International Buddhist Museum complex in Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy, Sri Lanka on 10 September. Hon'ble Chief Minister of Central Province Sarath Ekanayake, Ministers and senior officials of the Central Provincial Council also graced the unveiling ceremony.

Sarnath Buddha idol is an exquisite sculpture based on the famous 5th Century Gupta Period idol from Sarnath, where Buddha preached his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. The idol in the Dharmachakra pravartana mudra (turning the wheel of law) and its pedestal have been carved out of a single piece of beige-colored Chunar sandstone sourced from Mirzapur (near Varanasi, India).