Lord Buddha’s sacred relics from Pakistan arrive in Sri Lanka
Posted on April 29th, 2018

Courtesy pt

COLOMBO: In order to present the richest Buddhist historical legacy to the Sri Lankan people, Pakistan has sent the most sacred relics of the Lord Buddha to Sri Lanka on Sunday for exposition in connection with the Annual Buddha Rashmi National Vesak Festival.

Sri Lankan Minister for Buddha Sasana, Gamini Jayawickrema Perera along with Parliamentarians, High Commissioner of Pakistan Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat as well as Senior Monks, high ranking government officials, religious scholars, received the relics amidst hordes of devotees.

From Pakistan, Curator of Taxila Museum brought the Sacred Relics, said a press release received from Colombo.

The exposition of the most sacred relics will commence at Gangaramaya Temple and the Temple Trees on 29th May 2018.

Thereafter, it will be exhibited at famous temples across the country until May 16, 2018. The Relics will be in Colombo for a four-day exposition from 29th April to May 2. After that, the Relics will be taken to Wellampitiya, Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Kurunegalla, Anuradhapura and Kandy. Afterwards, the Relics will be brought back to Colombo on May 16, 2018.

The Sacred Relics includes two Relics of Lord Buddha. These relics are part of a collection from Taxila (Takshila) excavation in Pakistan, which is kept at one of the most important archaeological sites in Asia, the Taxila Museum.

These Relics were originally discovered near the Dharmarajika stupa, the earliest and largest Buddhist complex at Taxila, which was built in the 3rd century BCE to enshrine the redistributed relics of the Buddha by the famous Mauryan king Asoka who was also known as Dharmaraja for his services to Buddhism.

Dharmarajika was excavated by Ghulam Qadir in 1912-16 under the directions of Sir John Marshall and A.D. Siddiqui in 1934-36. The advent and development of Buddhism owe a great deal to the ancient land of Pakistan.

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