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
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
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
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.