India, SL sign MoU to promote significance of Ramayana

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In a move to develop infrastructure at the sites that form a part of the Ramayana circuit, the Indian Central government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Sri Lankan government, which says both the neighbouring nations will work jointly to promote mutual tourism interests.

Sources in the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) said the Lankans have offered 4-5 destinations to be included in the Ramayana circuit, to complete the religious trail.

These destinations would be Ravana's palaces, Ashok Vatika, Hanuman's entry point that is called 'Nagadeepa', 'Donara' where god king Ram first attacked Ravana and Yudagannawa- the main battle ground which is now stands as a wild life sanctuary, among others.

“The MoU was inked on June 3 this year, in which it was agreed that Indian tourists visiting the Ram tourism circuit in Sri Lanka will be facilitated by the Lankan government,” an official said.

“Reciprocal smooth passage will be accorded to visitors from Sri Lanka, a predominantly Buddhist country, while visiting various Buddhist circuits in India,” he said.

The Buddhist circuits are Saravasti, Kushinagar, Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Nalanda and Lumbini located in southern Nepal, where queen Mayadevi gave birth to Prince Siddhartha.

“The facilities exchanged will comprise easy transit, visa processing and security,” the official said.

The groundwork for establishing a MoU on the Ramayana trail was laid when India's external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj led a ministerial delegation to Colombo in February this year, for the 9th session of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission, which she co-chaired with Sri Lankan foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera.

Progress of and developments in bilateral relations, especially in the sector of tourism, were reviewed at that Joint Commission meeting. (India Today)

  Comments - 7

  • Saman Friday, 15 July 2016 11:38 AM

    Very good move. This solves all the problems in the country. Promoting stupid fiction is more important than all the other problems. Way to go.

    Freddy Friday, 15 July 2016 08:59 PM

    Another leg into Sri Lanka. Fish poaching still happening. Now black mailing Buddhist save passage to buddhist soghts and fiction of Ramayana to get the Tamil Nadu votes and Tamil diaspora entry. Better to deal with China and benefit the Silk routes.

    Pramod Fernando Friday, 15 July 2016 11:56 AM

    Ramayana is a fiction like any other folk story. People were so domb to beleive that all characters in it were real.

    Zeus Saturday, 16 July 2016 02:15 AM

    This is a move to make the Tamil Dalits come to Sri Lanka and then disappear into the plantation sector. Before you know it the entire 15 million Tamil Dalits in Tamil Nadu will be entrenched in Sri Lanka. Are our leaders so very dumb?Why cannot they think at all?

    Jesus Saturday, 16 July 2016 03:42 AM

    Was your mom a myth

    Ambaruwa Friday, 15 July 2016 04:43 PM

    This is not matching to a country where country where literacy rates exists.

    Raj Friday, 15 July 2016 11:22 AM

    Sorry, we do not need a MoU for a Myth and we are not in a Stone Age!


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