May 18, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today inaugurated the “Pin-Bara” Lanka Exhibition at the National Museum in Colombo showcasing the national heritage as a part of the 2600th Sambuddathwa Jayanthi anniversary celebrations.
President Rajapaksa inaugurated the exposition of ashes of former King Dutugemunu who reigned in the first century BC at the event organized by the National Heritage Ministry.
The ashes of King Dutugemunu believed to have been buried at the 2nd century BC stupa Dakkhina Thupa in Anuradhapura , is being displayed at the Museum along with other archeological artifacts of that era such as gilded Buddha statues that have not been exhibited before.
Archeological Commissioner in Sri Lanka in1896, H.C.P. Bell and Prof. Senarath Paranavithana in 1946 have confirmed that the ashes buried at Dakkhina Thupa was of King Dutugemunu as chronicled by the rock inscriptions of the Salapathala Maluwa and the Mahawansa.
Ministers AHM Fowzie, Athauda Senevirathne, Susil Premajayantha, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, CB Ratnayake, TB Ratnayake, and Geethanjana Gunawardena, parliamentarians, sSecretaries to the ministries, diplomats and the general public participated in the inaugural function. The President and group also viewed archeological objects in the Museum.