Colombo, August 9 (newsin.asia): The Mahabodhi Society in India held a Sri Lanka-India Ashirvada Puja on Monday at Mulagandhakuti Vihara in Sarnath for the prosperity and welfare of the people of Sri Lanka and also to mark the first anniversary of the swearing-in of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
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Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay virtually participated in the special prayers, according to a press release from the Indian High Commission.
Sacred events took place in particular in view of the current situation in the island nation, struck by the COVID-19 pandemic. Prayers were offered for the maintenance of a strong bilateral partnership between India and Sri Lanka.
Various Buddhist temples and offices associated with the Mahabodhi Society have spread across India, such as Bodh Gaya, Lumbini, Kolkata and Lucknow also participated in the online prayers.
At a particularly auspicious hour before dawn on Monday, offerings were made to Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam for Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the people of Sri Lanka.
Prime Minister Rajapaksa is a devotee of Lord Venkateswara and prayed for his brilliance during his visits to India.
It should be remembered that special prayers and ceremonies were held by people of different faiths across Sri Lanka for their Indian brethren during the second wave of COVID-19 in India.
The prayers for mutual welfare emphasize the deep bonds between peoples and the civilizational bonds between the two countries.