We are delighted to announce the arrival of the revered relics of Lord Buddha, alongside those of his esteemed disciples Arahata Sariputta and Arahata Maha Moggallana, in Thailand for a 25-day long exposition. This momentous event, marked by deep cultural significance, commenced with the relics’ arrival via a special aircraft at Don Mueang airport.
A high-level delegation, led by the Governor of Bihar, H.E. Mr. Rajendra Arlekar, and the Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, H.E. Dr. Virendra Kumar, accompanied the relics to Thailand, signifying a landmark episode in cultural exchange between India and Thailand. This auspicious occasion coincides with the 6th cycle and 72nd birth anniversary of His Majesty the King of Thailand, adding to its significance.
Upon their arrival at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok, a solemn prayer ceremony was conducted by senior monks from both India and Thailand, underscoring the deep-rooted civilizational connections grounded in Buddhist traditions that bind the two nations together.
At the National Museum, during a ceremony to welcome the sacred relics, Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment H.E. Dr. Virendra Kumar emphasized the enduring wisdom of Lord Buddha, which continues to serve as a guiding light for the civilizational ties between India and Thailand. He highlighted that the exposition of the sacred relics, named Ganga Mekong Holy Relics Dhammayatra, will further strengthen the bonds of friendship and understanding between the two countries.
This exposition is not the first of its kind; earlier, in 1995-96, Thailand had the honor of hosting the holy relics of Lord Buddha from India, marking the 50th anniversary of King Rama IX’s accession to the throne. The relics of Arahata Sariputta and Arahata Moggallana were brought to India in 1952 by Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee, a renowned Indian statesman and the President of Maha Bodhi Society at that time.
The exposition of these sacred relics in Thailand serves as a testament to the rich heritage and Buddhist legacy that India and Thailand share, fostering greater cultural exchange and mutual respect. The decision of the Government of India, under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is expected to further strengthen the relationship between India and Thailand.
Join us in this extraordinary journey as we celebrate the profound teachings and spiritual legacy of Lord Buddha and his disciples, embracing the cultural ties that unite us across borders.
Stay tuned for updates on the upcoming events and exhibitions during this historic exposition period!