India has commissioned a 16-feet high icon of Lord Buddha, as part of joint activities with Sri Lanka to commemorate 2,600th year or the Sambudda Jayanthi of the Buddhahood.
The Indian High commission in Colombo said that the Saranath style icon of the Lord Buddha from the Gupta period is proposed to be installed at the entrance to the International Buddhist Museum of the Sri Dalada Maligawa, the temple of the tooth relic in Kandy.
The High Commission said in a statement that an agreement to this effect has been signed between the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India and M/s Icons India for the preparation of the idol.
Establishment of Indian gallery at the museum and organising an international buddhist conference are other activities of joint commemoration of Sambuddha Jayanthi.
The two countries agreed to commemorate the Sambuddhatva Jayanthi through joint activities during the visit of President Mahinda Rajapksha to India in June this year. The High Commission added that other joint activities to commemorate the Sambuddha Jayanthi are also under consideration of the Governments of India and Sri Lanka.