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India gifts 16,000 handcrafted candles to Sri Lanka : Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Today announced the gifting of 16,000 handcrafted candles from India to Sri Lanka on the auspicious occasion of International Vesak Day.

The first consignment of candles will be handed over by the Indian High Commission in Colombo to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic here that houses the relic of the tooth of Lord Buddha.

According to an Indian External Affairs Ministry statement , the candles have been specially handcrafted from the paraffin wax produced at the world’s oldest operating refinery in Digboi in the Indian state of Assam.

Modi on Friday visited the historic Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic accompanied by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and offered floral tributes.

Modi arrived in Colombo on Thursday on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka at the invitation of President Sirisena.

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