Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited the Mahanayake Theras of the Malwatte and Asgiri Chapters to visit India, it is learnt.
Mr. Modi made this invitation when he called on them in Kandy during his short visit to the country in view of UN Vesak Day celebrations.
According to sources, the Mahanayake Theras accepted the invitation.
Mr. Modi undertook a tour of Sri Lanka for the second time on May 11 to attend the UN Vesak Day celebration conducted in Sri Lanka besides, he, during short stay in the country, participated at a function to mark the inauguration of a hospital in Norwood, Nuwara-Eliya.
He also addressed the gathering of People of Indian Origin living in the hill country and hailed their contribution to the local economy.
The visit took place in the backdrop of India seeking to invest heavily in projects in Sri Lanka, including the Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm.
The two countries have already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard. (Kelum Bandara)