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Lord Buddha’s relics shown in Mongolia

The duration of display of the relics had to be extended by a few days on popular demand from Mongolian people

PRAVASISAMWAD.COM

Four holy relics of Lord Buddha have come back to India after being displayed for 12 days at the Batsagaan Temple within the premises of Gandan Monastery, Mongolia as part of celebrations of the Mongolian Buddh Purnima, the culture ministry said in a recent statement. Union minister Arjun Meghwal received the holy relics at Ghaziabad, reported PTI.

The duration of display of the relics had to be extended by a few days on popular demand from Mongolian people, the statement said.

Mongolia’s President, Speaker of its parliament, Foreign, Culture, Tourism, and Energy ministers, more than 20 MPs, and high abbots from over 100 monasteries were among the thousands who paid their respects to the relics during the exposition.

The last time these relics were taken out of the country was in 2012 when their exposition was held in Sri Lanka and were on display at several locations across the island

On the concluding day, Mongolia’s Interior Minister of Culture was present for the rituals. On day 1 (June 14) of the exposition, about 18,000-20,000 devotees paid their obeisance to the relics, the ministry said.

“An average of 5,000-6,000 devotees visited Gandan Monastery on working days, while on closed days an average of 9,000-10,000 devotees paid their respects. On the last day about 18,000 devotees visited Gandan to pay their respects to the holy relics. On the concluding day the interior minister of culture was present for the rituals,” the statement said.

The relics are known as the ‘Kapilvastu Relics’ since they are from a site in Bihar first discovered in 1898 which is believed to be the ancient city of Kapilvastu. They were accorded the status of a state guest. A special C-17 Globe Master airplane carried them back to India.

The last time these relics were taken out of the country was in 2012 when their exposition was held in Sri Lanka and were on display at several locations across the island.

However, later guidelines were issued and the relics were placed under the ‘AA’ category of those antiquities and art treasures which should not be ordinarily taken out of the country for exhibition, considering their delicate nature.

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