The four Holy Kapilvastu Relics of Lord Buddha reached Mongolia for an 11-day exposition on Monday (12 June) along with the 25-member delegation led by Union Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju accompanying the sacred relics, said an official release.
Earlier last evening, the Holy Relics left India from Delhi with the delegation, after customary ceremonies. These Relics belong to 22 of the special Relics kept in National Museum of Culture Ministry.
The holy relics were received with great reverence and ceremoniously at the Ulaanbaatar International Airport by Mongolian Culture Minister Nomin, India-Mongolia Friendship Group chairperson Saranchimeg, Khamba Nomun Khan, Advisor to the President of Mongolia and a large number of monks among other dignitaries.
On the occasion, Kiren Rijiju said that the historical relations between India and Mongolia will further strengthen with the coming of relics from India to Mongolia.
The minister also said that through the delegation India is carrying Buddha’s message of peace to the world.
He also informed that the main Buddha statue in the Gandan Monastery was gifted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 to the people of Mongolia and it has been installed in 2018, the Ministry of Culture said in a release on Monday.
The minister also said that people of Mongolia enjoy a strong bond with India and look upto India as source of wisdom.
India occupies a special position in the hearts and minds of people of Mongolia, he added.
The Holy Relics were thereafter welcomed at the Gandan Monastery ceremoniously amidst prayers and Buddhist chants.
A large number of Mongolian people gathered to pay their respects to the sacred Buddha Relics.
The Relics were handed over to the Gandan Monastery in the presence of Buddhist monks from the Gandan Monastery for safe keeping ahead of its 11-day exposition beginning from Tuesday (14 June).
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