Exhibition of Sacred Buddha Relics to Lift India-Mongolia Relations to New Heights: Union Minister Kiren Rijiju
Updated: June 14, 2022 8:51 p.m. STI
Ulaanbaatar [Mongolia]Jun 14 (ANI): Union Minister Kiren Rijiju has said that the special gesture of bringing Lord Buddha’s holy relics for display in Mongolia will take Indo-Mongolian relations to new heights.
The four sacred Kapilvastu relics of Lord Buddha were placed with great reverence for display in the assembly hall of the Battsagaan Temple of Gandan Monastery ceremonially today amidst Buddhist chanting and musical performances.
On occasion, Minister Rijiju; Zandanshatar Gombojav, Speaker of the Mongolian Parliament; Nomin Chinbat, Minister of Culture of Mongolia; Khamba Nomun Khan (Khamba Lama); 17 deputies and embodied lamas as well as members of the Indian delegation were present at the colorful ceremony.
A large number of devotees also attended the ceremony on the occasion of Buddha’s Day in Mongolia on Tuesday.
In his address, Rijiju said that centuries ago the spirit of Buddhism passed from the Himalayan mountains of India to the Mongolian steppes and became our precious common heritage.
The Union Minister said that this spiritual bond continues to bind the peoples of our two nations. The Union Minister also remarked that Mongolian Buddhist relics are also on display here at Gandan Monastery alongside Indian relics furthering this unique spiritual bond between our two brotherly nations.
Rijiju said, “Let us all unite in prayer so that hatred and violence find no place in our thoughts. May peace, compassion and common sense prevail in the world, and may the teachings and philosophy of Buddha bring a healing touch to the sufferings of so many people throughout this world.”
The Union Minister further said, “I have been told that Mongolians have been able to take solace from the TV broadcast of 55 episodes of the Indian Buddha series which has been dubbed into the Mongolian language and continues to inspire people on the path of Buddhism.”
He also informed that India has reprinted 100 sets of 108 volumes of sacred Mongolian Kanjur which will soon be distributed to monasteries and other Buddhist institutions. Speaking on the occasion, Zandanshatar Gombojav, Speaker of the Mongolian Parliament, thanked the Indian government for allowing the display of the holy relics for 11 days and for giving the Mongolian people the opportunity to pay their respects and ask blessings.
The Union Minister also paid a visit to Pethub Monastery and paid floral tributes to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi. Later he interacted with the 20th incarnation of Kushok Bakula Rinpoche. (ANI)