State culture minister Laxmikant Sharma has said that efforts would be made to provide a world-class appearance to the world heritage monument Sanchi – which conveys the message of peace. The minister was speaking after laying the foundation stone of a rest house worth Rs two crore on the campus of the Mahabodhi Society near the monument on Saturday.
Urban Development minister of Sri Lanka Dinesh Gunawardane was the chief guest on the occasion. Devotees from Sri Lanka, China and Japan were present in large numbers along with local people. A two-day Boudha Fair also commenced at Sanchi on Saturday.
The programme was conducted under the joint aegis of the Bharatiya Mahaboudh Sabha and Sri Lanka Mahaboudh Sabha. The Raisen district administration and the MP Tourism Development Corporation also supported the event. The minister spoke of the good relations between the two countries and reiterated the Indian commitment for world peace.
The Sri Lankan minister appreciated the cooperation of MP Government. Artists from Sri Lanka presented traditional dances.
FAIR: The Boudha fair commenced on the premises of the Higher Secondary School. Eminent classical vocalist Ullas Telang and local artists of Vidisha, Raisen and those from Sri Lanka performed during the cultural evening.