The Buddha Rashmi Pooja, the National Vesak Festival was held for the sixth consecutive year in commemoration of the Vesak Poya 2013. During the period of six days the Gangaramaya Temple together with the Presidential Secretariat facilitated the festival, transforming a precinct earmarked as the ‘Vesak Zone’ for this principal Buddhist event of the Annual Calendar, signifying the Birth, Enlightenment and Parinibbhana of Lord Buddha. The Buddha Rashmi Pooja, a religious and cultural festival is a concept of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. This was held from May 24th, 2013, with precedence to religious observances. Thereafter, the illumination of the festival was initiated at the Seema Malaka by dignitaries led by the President following which the ‘Vesak Zone’ or the festival zone was opened to the public from seven in the evening till the early hours of the following morning.
The public was able to witness a variety of exhibits from intricate designs of the lanterns, to craftsmanship of vibrant pandols, among the many displays.
DIMO donated a TATA SuperACE to the winner of the lantern competition which was held at the Buddha Rashmi Vesak Zone. The TATA SuperACE key was handed over to its proud winner by Rev. Assaji Thero, Lt. Com. Yoshitha Rajapaksa and Mr Ranjith Pandithage on 29th May 2013.
Furthermore a special DIMO Batta Vehicle was used in the Vesak Zone to transport VIPs, elderly people and other visitors around the vicinity of the Buddha Rashmi Vesak Zone. This modified and illuminated DIMO Batta with rear seats at the deck enabled visitors to see Vesak from greater height without getting disturbed by public and vehicles passing by.