Holy relics of Lord Buddha taken to Mongolia
In a special gesture to the Mongolian people, four holy relics of Lord Buddha are being brought from India to Mongolia for an 11-day display as part of the Mongolian Buddh Purnima celebrations falling on June 14, 2022.
A 25-member delegation, led by Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju accompanying the holy relics will depart for Mongolia today (June 12).
The holy relics will be exhibited at the Batsagaan Temple within the premises of Gandan Monastery. The relics of the Holy Buddha, currently housed in the National Museum, are known as “Kapilvastu Relics” because they come from a site in Bihar first discovered in 1898, believed to be the ancient city of Kapilvastu.
Rijiju said this is another historic step in India-Mongolia relations and will further strengthen the cultural and spiritual relations between the two countries.
Recalling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Mongolia in 2015, the Union Minister said Modi was the first ever Indian Prime Minister to visit Mongolia, and the bringing of the relics to Mongolia is an extension of the our Prime Minister’s vision to revive our relations with the countries with which we have had cultural and spiritual ties for centuries.
Rijiju explained that Mongolia and India see each other as spiritual and cultural neighbors and because of these commonalities, Mongolia can also be considered our “third neighbour”, even though we enjoy no borders. common physics.
The Union Minister also said that the teachings of Lord Buddha are relevant even at present and will guide mankind towards more peace, harmony and prosperity. The Union Minister also said that India believes in peace and harmony and wishes to spread this message worldwide through the teachings of Lord Buddha, who is India’s cultural gift to the world.
The relics are being taken for an 11-day display as a special gift for Mongols who hold a very special respect in their hearts for sacred relics, the minister explained.
Union Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy said Lord Buddha is revered not only in India but all over the world. Modi is the first Indian prime minister to visit Mongolia in 2015 and the relics will be on display at the same monastery visited by the prime minister, the minister revealed.
Reddy explained that the government is making every effort to spread Lord Buddha’s message of peace and compassion around the world.
Accordingly, the government is working on several projects to develop Buddhist sites, locations and Buddhist centers in India. The recent inauguration of Kushinagar airport is an example, he said.
The relics will be granted state guest status and will be transported in the same air-conditioned case as is currently housed in the National Museum. The Indian Air Force provided a special C-17 Globe Master aircraft to transport the holy relics. The relics will be received in Mongolia by the Minister of Culture of Mongolia; Advisor to the President of Mongolia and a large number of monks among other dignitaries.
The relics of Lord Buddha available in Mongolia would also be exhibited along with the relics from India. Two bulletproof envelopes as well as two ceremonial coffins are transported by the Indian delegation for the two relics.
In a first-ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Mongolia, in 2015, Modi visited Gandan Monastery and also presented a young Bodhi tree to Hamba Lama. Highlighting the centuries-old Buddhist ties between the two countries, Modi defined India and Mongolia as spiritual neighbors during his speech to the Mongolian parliament.
India shares a long history of cultural and historical ties with Mongolia and to further this partnership, at the request of the Mongolian government, Union Culture Minister Reddy made a special exception and authorized the exhibition holy relics of Lord Buddha for 11 days at Batsagaan Temple. inside Gandan Monastery, Mongolia.
The last time these relics were taken out of the country was in 2012, when their exhibition took place in Sri Lanka and they were displayed in several places in the island nation. However, subsequent guidelines were issued and the holy relics were placed in the ‘AA’ category of antiquities and art treasures which should not normally be taken out of the country for display, given their delicate nature.
The 25-member delegation includes Deputy Culture Secretary Amita Prasad Sarbhai; the official media team led by the additional general manager Nanu Bhasin; technical experts from the National Museum; representatives of the IBC (Intern; National Buddhist Confederation) as well as the famous singer Mohit Chauhan who is the cultural envoy of Mongolia in India.
Since Prime Minister Modi’s visit, India has been supporting Mongolia in various fields and in cultural fields. India printed 75 copies of 108 volumes of Mongolian Kanjur and handed them over to the Mongolian government and various Buddhist institutions there.
Kanjur’s manuscript digitization work is also in full swing. About 500 Mongolian monks are studying in different monasteries and institutions in India for which India has facilitated their travels and visas in recent years.
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