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Pak Buddhist relics to be showcased in Sri Lanka on Buddha's 2600th anniversary

Colombo , Sat, 18 Jun 2011 ANI

Colombo, June 18(ANI): Pakistan has handed over some sacred Buddhist relics to Sri Lanka for an exhibition on the occasion of the 2600th anniversary of Lord Buddha's enlightenment.


Pakistan's Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Seema Ilahi Baloch, handed over the relics to monks of the Bodhingyana Asapuwa temple in Kaduwela.


The Speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament, Chamal Rajapaksa, the Most Venerable Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero and the Director General of Archaeology of Pakistan, Dr Fazal Kakar were present on the occasion, the Dawn reports.


The exhibition in Colombo will be displaying these high quality cultural assets from the Gandhara region of Pakistan and encompass four sacred artifacts/relics.


The artifacts/relics consist of the collection of Peshawar and Taxila Museum of Pakistan, according to a report.


These exhibits include the sacred tooth relics of Lord Buddha, Kanishka Relic Casket from Shah-Ji-Ki-Dheri, stone reliquary in stupa shape and a golden Casket.


These relics will be taken back to Pakistan after the conclusion of the exhibition.


Buddhism left a monumental and rich legacy of art and architecture in Pakistan, which is known as Gandhara Deshaya in Buddhist lore. (ANI)


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