President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited Bodh Gaya in Bihar State and paid homage to the famous Buddhist shrine, Mahabodhi Temple yesterday.
On the invitation of the incumbent of the Bodh Gaya temple Ven. Dr. Dodangoda Rewatha, President Rajapaksa unveiled a gold-plated fence constructed around the Bo Tree and laid the foundation stone for a cultural center to be established on the temple premises.
Buddhist monks, led by Ven. Dr. Rewatha and Rev. Uduwe Dhammaloka Thero, conducted religious observances to invoke blessings on the President.
The Bihar Chief Minister has hosted the President and the dignitaries for a lunch and has seen off the President who has left Bodhgaya for Tirupati in Andhra Pradesha at the airport.
Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, parliamentarian Sajin Vaas Gunawardena, and President's Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath also accompanied the President.