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Sri Lanka seeks to lure India’s ‘Hindu pilgrims’

A “Sri Ramayana Trail” project was launched in Colombo last month, with the backing of the Indian High Commission and the chief treasurer of the controversial Sri Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

The initiative is part of an Indian government backed move to expedite connectivity and bolstering ties between India and Sri Lanka.

According to Sri Lankan President’s Media Division “the Sri Ramayan Trails seeks to highlight nine significant sites mentioned in the epic Ramayana, scattered across Sri Lanka”.

“By offering a spiritual and cultural journey for Hindu pilgrims and travellers alike, the initiative aims to draw millions of Indian and international tourists to the country. Its overarching goal is to strengthen the nation’s spiritual and cultural heritage while also boosting its tourism sector.” 

Swami Govind Dev Giri Maharaj, the chief treasurer of the Sri Ram Mandir in Ayodhya was present at the event in Colombo, alongside Indian officials.

The launch of the latest project comes as India continues to pursue closer ties to Sri Lanka. For years, Sinhala Buddhists have staunchly opposed such moves.


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