India is the bosom friend of Sri Lanka since ancient antiquity. Sri Lanka being a Buddhist state, India becomes even closer in connection as it is the birthplace of the founder of Buddhism, Lord Buddha.
Today marks a haute significance for this meritorious land. Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, while on his visit to Kushi Nagar during the month of Vesak, made a pledge to open an international airport and it has realized today. The Kushi Nagar Airport was declared open today by Prime Minister of India, Sri Narendra Modi.
During the Great Demise of Lord Buddha, His sacred relics were scattered and kings including Ajathasathru declared war to obtain the sacred relics. To settle the dispute, which otherwise result in a huge bloodbath, brahman Drona intervened and divided the sacred relics into eight portions and distributed among eight kings of eight states. The share of Shakya royal clan, to which Prince Siddharth belonged, was enshrined in Piphrahwa Stupa.
This sacred relics was later discovered by archaeologists and handed over to Sri Lankan great Buddhist scholar Most Ven Waskaduwe Shri Subhuthi Mahanayake Thero during the reign of British colonials. The relics were enshrined in Abhinavaramaya in Waskaduwa. It is so auspices that the sacred Kapilawastu relics of the Buddha was escorted to Kushi Nagar from Waskaduwa Sri Subhuthi Viharaya on occasion of the opening of Kushi Nagar Airport today.
Most Venerable Waskaduwe Mahindawansa Mahanayake Thero was an eminent venerable Guest representing the Buddhist clergy of Sri Lanka while Sri Narendra Modi was invited to grace the occasion as a Chief Guest representing the laypeople. A retinue of Maha Sangha,
Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Namal Rajapaksa, Minister Sisira Jayakody took part in the event as guests of honour.
This significant event is organized by the Government of India in collaboration with the International Buddhist Council. IBC’s Deputy Secretary General Dr. Damenda Porage took part in the event as a token of Buddhist friendship between the two countries..