India’s holy relics of Lord Buddha arrive in Mongolia
On Monday, Buddhist devotees and residents of the Mongolian capital warmly welcomed an Indian delegation led by Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju as they arrived here with the holy relics of Lord Buddha. The four holy relics – known as ‘Kapilvastu Relics’ were brought in two special bulletproof coffins aboard an Indian Air Force aircraft. The holy relics will be on display at the 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 during the 11-day visit to Mongolia, the relics will be granted ‘State Guest’ status. The holy relics of Lord Buddha, which 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 holy relics in Mongolia.
The exhibition of the “Sacred Kapilavastu Relics” 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. Before Kiren Rijiju arrived, people were eagerly waiting to catch a glimpse of Lord Buddha’s relics from India.
India’s relations with Mongolia have been strengthened after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Mongolia in 2015. He had visited Ganden Monastery, where the relics will be displayed for the people. Rijiju will be in Mongolia for an 11-day display of the relics as part of the Mongolian Buddh Purnima celebrations falling on June 14.
“It will give a message of peace to the world. The friendship between India and Mongolia is very old. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Mongolia in 2015, the bond between the two countries has become very strong,” said said Union Minister Kiren Rijiju. Recalling the Prime Minister’s visit to Mongolia in 2015, the Union Minister added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first ever Indian Prime Minister to visit Mongolia, and bringing the relics to Mongolia is an extension of the Prime Minister’s vision to rekindle relations with countries with which India had cultural and spiritual ties for centuries. (ANI)
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