High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar meets High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 01 February 2013 08:02


High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam met the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, at his official Residence in Patna, recently.  Bihar being the state where Bodhgaya and several sites such as Rajgir associated with the life and enlightenment of Guatama Buddha are located, is an important state for Sri Lankans.   Bihar is also home to Nalanda, the ancient religious centre of higher learning. At present, approximately 200,000 Sri Lankan pilgrims visit Bihar every year. 

The High Commissioner, during his discussions with the Chief Minister, conveyed to him, the felicitations of President Rajapaksa, and expressed appreciation for efforts being made by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and authorities in the state of Bihar to provide best possible facilities for visiting Sri Lankan pilgrims.  In this connection, the High Commissioner noted with gratitude, the steps that have been taken under the stewardship of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, for the resurrection of Buddhist heritage in the state and for the benefit of the large number of Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world who visit the Buddhist sites. 


High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam, together with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, paid obeisance to the Pipal Tree, a sapling of the Sacred Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya, which has been planted ceremonially within the premises of the official Residence of the Chief Minister.  The High Commissioner expressed appreciation of the Chief Minister’s initiative of planting a sapling of the Sacred Bodhi Tree within the premises of the official Residence which is a manifestation of the commitment of the Chief Minister to honour Buddhist principles and facilitate the activities of Buddhists world-over including those from Sri Lanka. 

The Chief Minister conveyed his felicitations to President Rajapaksa and expressed his desire to visit Sri Lanka.  

Sri Lanka High Commission, New Delhi
1 February 2013