MP govt to hold Sanchi Mahotsav

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Raisen (MP), Nov 26: Madhya Pradesh Culture and Public Relations Minister Lakshmikant Sharma has said that the state government will organise a three-day Sanchi Mahotsav from next year.

''Facilities will be expanded for tourists,'' he assured while addressing a programme at World Heritage Site and Buddhist pilgrimage spot at Sanchi yesterday.

At a Dhatu Puja Mahotsav that concluded yesterday, the remains of the Buddha's foremost disciples Sariputra and Mahamaudgalanya were worshipped and displayed. Hundreds of devotees from India and abroad took part in the annual programme.

Maharashtra Minister Pritam Kumar Shegaonkar and Sri Lanka Mahabodhi Society President Bangal Uptissa Nayak were among the prominent people present at the Mahotsav.

Mr Thero demanded more train facilities for Buddhists and tourists visiting Sanchi. ''This programme is a bridge for Indo-Ceylonese cultural relations,'' he felt.


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