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Relics of Lord Buddha from National Museum in New Delhi to be Displayed in Thailand


Government today said that relics of Lord Buddha presently kept in the National Museum in New Delhi will be taken to Thailand this Thursday. They will be displayed in four cities including Bangkok and Krabi, where people will pay their obeisance to the sacred remnants. Briefing media in New Delhi this afternoon, Culture Secretary Govind Mohan said the relics will be flown back on 19th March. He informed that the relics are being taken in a special Indian Air Force aircraft with an adequate number of security personnel.

This is for the first time that the revered relics of Lord Buddha, along with those of his disciples, Arahata Sariputra and Arahata Maudgalayana, will be showcased together. A 22-member delegation led by Bihar Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. Virendra Kumar will accompany the Sacred Relics from India to Thailand for a 26-day exposition. The delegation comprise of venerable monks from Kushinagar, Aurangabad, Ladakh, officials from Ministry of Culture, Madhya Pradesh government, curators from National Museum, artists and scholars. The event is being organized with the support of Ministry of External Affairs, Indian Embassy in Thailand, International Buddhist Confederation, National Museum, and Madhya Pradesh government.

The Archaeological Survey of India conducted excavations at Piprahwa between 1971 and 1977. The excavation team discovered two inscribed steatite stone caskets containing twelve sacred relics in the bigger casket and ten sacred relics in the smaller casket.  (AIR NEWS)

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