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People in Mongolia eagerly wait to pay homage to Indian relics of Lord Buddha

Devotees at Batsagaan Temple in Ulaanbaatar’s Gandan Monastery are eagerly awaiting a glimpse of the holy relics of Lord Buddha which arrived here from India on Monday.

The sacred “Kapilvastu relics” were brought in two special bulletproof coffins on board an Indian Air Force plane and will be on display for 11 days at Ganden Tegchenling Monastery.

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Lord Buddha’s relics that return to Mongolia after 29 years are considered one of the most sacred relics in Buddhism.

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, who led an Indian delegation accompanying the relics, said it was a historic step in Indo-Mongolian relations aimed at further strengthening cultural and spiritual relations between the relics. two countries.

India’s relations with Mongolia deepened after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Mongolia in 2015.

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He had visited the monastery of Ganden, where the relics will henceforth be displayed for the people.

“It will give a message of peace to the world. The friendship between India and Mongolia is very old. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Mongolia in 2015, the ties between the two countries have become very strong,” said said Rijiju earlier.

Recalling the Prime Minister’s visit to Mongolia in 2015, the Union Minister added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first ever Indian Prime Minister to visit Mongolia, and bringing the relics to Mongolia is an extension of the Prime Minister’s vision to rekindle relations with countries with which India had cultural and spiritual ties for centuries.

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The relics are part of the collection on display at the National Museum in New Delhi.

They will be displayed in Mongolia during an 11-day exhibition as part of the Mongolian Buddh Purnima celebrations falling on June 14.

While Rijiju will return to India on June 16 after attending the Buddha Purnima celebrations on June 14, a team of National Museum officials will remain in Mongolia for the 11-day period when the relics will be on display and bring them back to India. .

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