India, Mongolia Pay Respect At Holy Kapilavastu Relics At Gandan Monastery

by Arun Kumar Das - Jun 16, 2022 10:32 AM +05:30 IST
India, Mongolia Pay Respect At Holy Kapilavastu Relics At Gandan MonasteryUnion Minister Kiren Rijiju at Gandan monastery (Twitter)

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju has visited Gandan Monastery with the President of Mongolia Tsakhiagiin Khürelsükh and paid respect to the holy Kapilavastu relics. Leaders also paid respect to the Lord Buddha's holy relics of Mongolia, which have been kept alongside Kapilavastu relics.

Rijiju said that during the Covid pandemic, India helped many countries, and he is delighted to see people of Mongolia happy today.

The Union Minister also said that along with people to people connect, the economic relations between India and Mongolia are also taking a new shape.

Rijiju said “ I wish that more Indians should visit this beautiful country and people to people connect in near future."

The President of Mongolia said that the special gesture of bringing holy Buddha's relics to Mongolia is proof of the level of spiritual connection between India and Mongolia.

The President, on behalf of the people of Mongolia, thanked the Indian government for organising the exposition as a great gesture towards the people of Mongolia.

He also greatly appreciated that India was the first country which delivered us vaccines and helped in the Covid pandemic, and due to swift help, lives of thousands of Mongolians could be saved. He said that the oil refineries being constructed by India in Mongolia is the symbol of growing bilateral relations between India and Mongolia, and India is Mongolia's one of most reliable partners and its third neighbour.

The President also stated that bringing holy Relics of Lord Buddha is a great way of enriching bilateral relations.

A postage stamp on Kushok Bakula Rinpoche was also released by State Secretary, Foreign Affairs, Mongolia Ankhbayar Nyamdorj and Indian Ambassador to Mongolia MP Singh in the presence of Rijiju, N Enkhbayar, former president of Mongolia and Khamba Nomun Khan of Gandan Monastery.

Addressing the stamp release event, Rijiju said that release of postage stamps in the name of Kushok Bakula Rinpoche is a defining moment for India and Mongolia in their spiritual and cultural journey together; and it will resonate not only in Mongolia but also in India. He also added that this will go a long way in highlighting the remarkable work done by Rinpoche for Mongolia and for strengthening India Mongolia relations.

On the occasion, the Indian Ambassador said that Bakula Rinpoche was able to put forth the profound teachings of Lord Buddha in a very simple manner. He also said that this is the rarest of the rare moments when India's and Mongolia's relics of Buddha are displayed together on the Buddha Purnima Day.

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Arun Kumar Das is a senior journalist covering railways. He can be contacted at akdas2005@gmail.com.


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