An exposition of the ashes of King Dutugemunu is being held.
The Pin-bara Lanka Exhibition was inaugurated by the President today. President Mahinda Rajapaksa inaugurated the exposition of Ashes of former King Dutugemunu who reigned in the first century BC. The exhibition has been organized by the National Heritage Ministry to mark the 2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanthi. It is being held at the National Museum in Colombo. The Rock inscriptions of the Salapathala Maluwa and the chronicle Mahawansa states that the ashes of King Dututgemunu was buried at the Dakkhina Thupa in Anuradhapura. Archeological Commissioner in Sri Lanka during 1896 H.C.P. Bell and Prof. Senarath Paranavithana in 1946 have confirmed this finding. The investigations conducted under these archeological evidence have confirmed that the ashes to be of King Dutugemunu. Meanwhile Archeological artifacts such as gilded Buddha statues that have so far not been exhibited are displayed at the exhibition. Ministers, Parliamentarians, Secretaries to the Ministries, Diplomats and the general public participated in the inaugural function. The President and group also viewed archeological objects in the Museum.