India returns Buddha relics to Mongolia for second time
NEW DELHI (ANI) – Mongolian MP Batshugar Enkhbayar thanked India for organizing the ceremony in which the four Buddha relics were publicly displayed at Ganden Tegchenling Monastery in Ulaanbaatar.
“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the Indian government for allowing this event to happen,” said Batshugar Enkhbayar.
He added that “this is the second time that the Holy Relic has come to Mongolia. Before, it was in 1994”.
He added that this was the last time India sent the relics outside the country.
Referring to the public display of the relics, the Mongolian MP said, “I believe this ceremony is exceptionally important for Mongolia, for Mongolian culture and the Buddhist community as a whole.”
Enkhbayar also called India a “cultural and economic friend” and said India has helped the country with financial aid.
Earlier, Buddhist devotees and residents of the Mongolian capital warmly welcomed an Indian delegation led by Union Minister Rijiju upon their arrival with the relics.
The four relics known as the “Kapilvastu Relics” were brought in two special bulletproof coffins on board an Indian Air Force aircraft.
The relics will be on display at Batsagaan Temple in the Gandan Tegchenling Monastery complex in Ulaanbaatar for 11 days.
They were in the custody of the National Museum in Delhi and will be granted ‘state guest’ status.
The Buddha relics that return to Mongolia after 29 years are considered one of the most sacred relics in Buddhism.
In 2015, the holy relics were placed in the “AA” category of antiquities and art treasures that should not normally be taken out of the country for display, given their delicate nature.
However, at the request of the Mongolian government, the government made a special exception and allowed the display of the relics in Mongolia.
The exhibition of “Sacred Relics of Kapilavastu” at Ganden Tegchenling Monastery is considered a historic milestone in India-Mongolia relations and will further strengthen the cultural and spiritual relations between the two countries.
Notably, Narendra Modi was the first-ever Indian Prime Minister to visit Mongolia, and the return of Buddha relics to Mongolia is an extension of the Prime Minister’s vision to rekindle relations with countries with which India had ties. cultural and spiritual centuries ago.