Sri Sambuddha Jayanthi Mandira under construction
Fifty percent of the construction of the 2600 Sri Sambuddha Jayanthi
Mandira has been completed. To complete the other part of the structure
about Rs 200 million is needed, said Buddhist Cultural Centre Director
Ven Kirama Wimalajothi Thera.
The Thera was addressing a press conference at the building premises
in Tunmulla, Colombo Wednesday.
"We expect to complete the other half of the building by Vesak Full
Moon Poya day 2011," the Thera said.
Numerous individuals and organizations have funded Rs 102 million for
this memorial. The organizers expect that all people will help in the
constructing of the 2600 Sambuddha Jayanthi Mandira.
The organizers had launched a flag week among 2,000 schools to
collect donations for the construction of this building. Apart from
Buddhist schools, Muslim and Catholic schools also have donated money.
Fund raising program for this purpose will be implemented among
Government servants under the aegis of the Public Administration
Ministry and the Buddhasasana and Religious Affairs Ministry, beginning
next week. It is expected that Government servants will support this
"The Sambuddha Jayanthi Mandira will be a Buddhist information Center
accessible to people the world over.
This program will help build harmony among all people of the country.
This center will act as a major point for the delivering of the Dhamma
worldwide," the Thera said.
Organizing Committee Member Yadamini Gunawardhana said President
Mahinda Rajapaksa laid the foundation stone for this building. With the
blessing of President Rajapaksa we hope to inaugurate the building next