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Army builds Vesak Pandol in Malaysia

Army builds Vesak Pandol in Malaysia

[May 30 2018]

The first ever colourful Vesak Pandol put up by the Sri Lanka Army in Malaysia was ceremonially inaugurated at the Brickfields Buddhist temple premises in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Saturday (26). According to Army media, the Pandol was constructed by the Sri Lanka Army's Corps of Engineer Services (CES) following an initiative by Sri Lankan High Commission in Malaysia.

The International Vesak Celebration is being held at the Buddhist Maha Vihara, Brickfields in Malaysia from 26th May to 01st June (2018). It is organized by the Sri Lankan High Commission in Malaysia and the Buddhist Maha Vihara.

Sri Lanka, celebrating six decades of diplomatic ties with Malaysia has presented the Vesak Pandol depicting the 'Kundalakeshi' Jathaka story to that country. With a height of 60 feet and a width of 50 feet, the 'Thorana' (Pandol) is illuminated with 35,000 colourful bulbs.

The Sri Lanka HC in Malaysia had extended support to the project by coordinating the shipment of the required equipment and materials to Malaysia including air fare for Army personnel. The Vesak Day Celebrations at the Buddhist Maha Vihara is expected to be attended by over 100,000 devotees.

In addition, cultural presentation by the Army cultural troupes has also been organized to be held during the course of the week long Vesak celebrations.

High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Malaysia, His Excellency Mr. A. J. M. Muzammil ceremonially declared opened the Pandol on Saturday.

Colonel Commandant, CES and Director General Engineer Services of the Army, Major General Jagath Ratnayake, and Director, Directorate of Army Band and Drama Art Performance Brigadier Fariz Yusuf were also present at the occasion.


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