Sacred Homecoming: Lord Buddha’s Relics Back in India After Thai Journey

In a poignant ceremony marked with reverence and solemnity, the sacred relics of Lord Buddha, along with those of his esteemed disciples Arahant Sariputta and Maha Moggallana, return to their homeland, India. The relics, which embarked on a month-long journey from India to Thailand, have garnered immense devotion and reverence, drawing over four million devotees during their exposition in Thailand.

The International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) has informed that amidst full State honors, the relics were received at Air Force Station Palam, Technical Area in Palam, New Delhi, by Minister of State for External Affairs. This humble reception marks the culmination of a spiritually enriching journey that has touched the hearts of millions.

Accompanying the relics on their return journey was a delegation led by Tashi Gyalson, Chairman of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), along with numerous monks representing the Theravada and Mahayana traditions. This delegation symbolizes the deep reverence and unity that Buddhism fosters across borders.

The exposition of the revered relics in Thailand elicited a remarkable response, with devotees lining up in winding queues with offerings from the early hours of the day. The procession of the Holy Relics through various cities in Thailand became a familiar sight, evoking profound spirituality and devotion among the masses.

Organized by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, in collaboration with the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), the exposition traversed through Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchathani, and Krabi provinces, starting from New Delhi on February 22 and culminating on March 19.

The inauguration of the prayers held at the central exhibition park of the cities was graced with grandeur by Vajiralongkorn, the King of Thailand, and his Queen. The exposition, titled ‘Shared Heritage, Shared Values,’ also commemorated the 72nd birthday of the King, reflecting the deep cultural ties and mutual respect between India and Thailand.

The relics arrived in Bangkok on February 22, accompanied by an official delegation led by Bihar Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar and Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Virendra Kumar. Throughout the exposition, monks from India, along with academicians from various Indian universities, provided spiritual guidance and enlightenment on the relevance of the relics and the profound teachings of Buddhism.

As the relics return to their sacred abode in India, they carry with them the prayers and devotion of millions of devotees who found solace and enlightenment in their presence. This journey has not only strengthened the spiritual bond between India and Thailand but has also reaffirmed the timeless legacy of Lord Buddha’s teachings, inspiring generations to embrace compassion, peace, and harmony.

In welcoming back these sacred relics, let us reflect on the profound message of compassion and wisdom they embody, and strive to emulate their teachings in our daily lives, fostering a world of peace and enlightenment for all beings.

May the return of these holy relics serve as a beacon of hope and enlightenment for humanity, guiding us towards a path of harmony and spiritual fulfillment.

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