Poson Poya Celebration at Somaiya Vidyavihar University

by Diplomatist Bureau - 24 June, 2024, 12:00 111 Views 0 Comment

On June 18, the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai, in collaboration with Somaiya Vidyavihar University, hosted a vibrant and spiritually enriching celebration of Poson Poya. This significant day, commemorating the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, was marked by a series of cultural, educational, and religious events.

The event commenced with a warm welcome from the Chancellor of Somaiya Vidyavihar University, Shri Samir Somaiya. In his remarks, Shri Somaiya expressed gratitude to the Consul General and highlighted the university’s mission of providing inclusive education. His words underscored the institution’s commitment to fostering knowledge and cultural understanding.

A notable highlight of the celebration was the release of a meticulously curated coffee table book on Buddhism, crafted by The Diplomatist. The dignitaries present at the event unveiled the book, and a copy was presented to the monks in attendance, symbolising the deep respect and reverence for Buddhist teachings.

The spiritual ambiance of the event was further enhanced by a sermon delivered by Rev. Ananda Thero from Maha Mahindra Buddha Vihar, Ulhasnagar. His sermon provided insights into Buddhist philosophy and the significance of Poson Poya, offering the audience a moment of reflection and spiritual connection.

The cultural segment of the celebration featured captivating performances by a Sri Lankan dancing troupe, whose intricate movements and vibrant costumes brought the rich traditions of Sri Lankan dance to life. Complementing this visual feast was a musical performance by the Maya Somaiya School of Music and Performing Arts, which enthralled the audience with their melodious renditions.

Dr. Anita Kothare, Head Associate Professor of the Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture, and Archaeology, delivered the keynote address. She focussed on the historical and cultural ties between India and Sri Lanka, emphasising the shared heritage and the enduring influence of Buddhism in the region.

H.E. Dr. Valsan Vethody, Consul General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai, in his address, extended heartfelt thanks to Somaiya Vidyavihar University for their goodwill and collaboration. He highlighted the importance of Poson Poya Day in Sri Lanka, noting its historical significance and the enduring legacy of Buddhist teachings.

The event concluded with a vote of thanks by Mrs. Shirani Ariyarathne, Minister (Commercial). She expressed her gratitude to all who contributed to the success of the event, underscoring the spirit of cooperation and mutual respect that marked the celebration.


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