Rijiju-led delegation to carry Lord Buddha relics to Mongolia


Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju will lead a 25-member delegation to Mongolia carrying Lord Buddha’s relics to mark the Mongolian ‘Buddha Day’ on 14 June.

The sacred relics will be taken by an Indian Air Force C17 Globemaster transport aircraft in a special casket and will be on display at a monastery for 11 days.

Union minister Rijiju told that the ‘Kapilavastu’ have “AA stature” and are not moved out of the National Museum, considering their delicate nature. But on the special request of the Mongolian government, New Delhi decided to send these for exposition.

Initially, they were to be displayed for a week, but on request, the display time has been extended to 11 days.

Singer Mohit Chauhan, cultural envoy of Mongolia to India, will be part of the delegation, the minister said.

The Kapilavastu relics are believed to contain Gautam Buddha’s remains. The relics were found during excavations at Piprahwa in present-day Bihar. 

The relics will be accorded the status of a State Guest and will be taken in the same climate control case as it has been kept presently at the National Museum. 

The relics will be received in Mongolia by the Culture Minister of Mongolia; Advisor to the President of Mongolia and a large number of monks among other dignitaries.

The Lord Buddha Relics available in Mongolia would also be displayed along with the relics from India, said an official statement.

The last time these relics were taken out of the country was in 2012 when their exposition was held in Sri Lanka and was on display at several locations across the island nation.


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