Sacred Relics of Lord Buddha Arrive in Thailand for 26-Day Exposition


GG News Bureau
Bangkok, 23rd Feb. 
The four Holy Piparahwa Relics of Lord Buddha, accompanied by relics of his disciples Arahata Sariputra and Arahata Maudgalyayana, reached Bangkok, Thailand.

Leading the 22-member delegation were Bihar Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar and Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Dr. Virendra Kumar.

The delegation includes venerable monks, government officials, curators, artists, and scholars from various regions. The event, supported by the Ministry of External Affairs, Indian Embassy in Thailand, and others, marks a significant cultural exchange between India and Thailand.

Upon arrival at Bangkok Military Airport, the relics were received with reverence by H.E Mr. Sermsak Pongpanit, Minister of Culture, Royal Thai Government, and other dignitaries. A ceremonial welcome followed, with auspicious chants and warm hospitality. The relics were then transported to the National Museum, Bangkok, for safekeeping before enshrining at the grand Sanam Luang Pavilion on February 23rd.

In a press conference at the National Museum, Dr. Virendra Kumar highlighted the strong bilateral relations between India and Thailand, rooted in the timeless message of Lord Buddha. He expressed hope that the exposition would further strengthen the bond of friendship between the two nations.

The Thai Culture Minister expressed gratitude for India’s acceptance of the request to send the holy relics, signing an Exposition Agreement to formalize the event.

The exhibition itinerary includes multiple venues across Thailand, allowing devotees to pay homage to these revered artifacts until March 19th, when they will return to their respective homes, concluding a historic exposition in Thailand.

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