COLOMBO: On Monday (02/01), Ambassador Djafar Husein, representing the Government of Indonesia, hands over a Buddha Statue to the Government of Sri Lanka through Honorable Prof. Gamini Lakshman Peiris, Minister of External Affairs.
The Statue is a present from the Indonesian Buddhist community for the Sri Lankan people. The Buddha-Samadhi Statue is made of lava stone weighing approximately 700 kilograms.
The Statue is one of the best carving artworks of Indonesian artists from Magelang District, Indonesia, close to the renowned Borobudur Temple. The District is famous for its excellent stone and wood carving artworks, exported worldwide.
People-to-people contact between Indonesia and Sri Lanka has established centuries ago. It began with the spread of Buddhism to the Archipelago in the 6th century, to the early years of independence in 1950s and up to this day.
The Statue represents Indonesia’s fervent wish for celebrating and upholding the long lasting cordial relation between the Indonesian and Sri Lankan people. It is hoped that the Statue will remind Sri Lankans of their fellow friends in Indonesia in the heart and every prayer.