Sacred Relics of Lord Buddha and Disciples Arrive in Bangkok for Exposition

Sacred Relics of Lord Buddha and Disciples Arrive in Bangkok for Exposition

Today, amidst great reverence and ceremonial welcome, the four Holy Piparahwa Relics of Lord Buddha, along with the relics of his esteemed disciples Arahata Sariputra and Arahata Maudgalyayana, arrived in Bangkok, Thailand.

The relics, accompanied by a 22-member delegation led by Governor of Bihar Shri Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar and Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Dr. Virendra Kumar, were received at the Bangkok Military Airport by H.E Mr. Sermsak Pongpanit, Minister of Culture of the Royal Thai Government, along with Thai officials and a large assembly of monks and dignitaries.

Following a heartfelt welcome marked by auspicious chanting ceremonies and warm hospitality performances, the relics were escorted to the National Museum, Bangkok, where they will be safely enshrined. Subsequently, they will be placed in a grand mandapam at the Sanam Luang Pavilion for public veneration starting from 23rd February, coinciding with Makha Bucha Day.

During a press conference held at the National Museum, Bangkok, Union Minister Dr. Virendra Kumar emphasized the deep-rooted bilateral relations between India and Thailand, founded upon shared national interests and the profound teachings of Lord Buddha. He expressed optimism that the exposition of these holy relics would further fortify the bond of friendship and love between the two nations. In response, Thai Culture Minister Mr. Sermsak Pongpanit conveyed gratitude for India’s acceptance of Thailand’s request to showcase the relics, underscoring the significance of this gesture in strengthening bilateral ties.

An Exposition Agreement was formalized on February 22, 2024, between the Department of Religious Affairs, Thailand, and the National Museum, India, in the presence of dignitaries from both nations. This agreement symbolizes yet another milestone in the longstanding diplomatic relations between India and Thailand, spanning 75 years.

The exhibition itinerary encompasses various venues across Thailand, providing devotees and enthusiasts with the opportunity to pay homage to these revered artifacts. From the Sanam Luang Pavilion in Bangkok to venues in Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchathani, and Krabi, the relics will be on display, enriching the spiritual landscape of Thailand.

After a historic and spiritually enriching exposition, the relics will be escorted back to their respective homes on 19th March, marking the conclusion of this momentous event in Thailand.

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