Enshrined at the Mulagandhakuti Vihara at Sarnath, the sacred Buddha relics have been sent to Sri Lanka for public veneration during the annual Vesak/Buddh Purnima festival.
Relics were brought to Sri Lanka for first time in nearly a hundred years. This is only the second time these relics, discovered by British archaeologists in colonial India in 1913 and handed over to the Maha Bodhi Society of India for custody, have left India.
Sri Lanka’s Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya accepted the sacred relics on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka. The Relics will be kept at Temple Trees, the official residence of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, from April 29 to May 3. President Maithripala Sirisena and PM Ranil Wickremesinghe paid there respects to the relics.