An exposition of the Sacred Kapilavastu relics of Lord Buddha, would
take place between August 19 and September 5, 2012, under an agreement
signed between India and Sri Lanka.
It would be the second time since their discovery 113 years ago that
the Sacred Kapilavastu Relics will travel to Sri Lanka from India’s
National Museum situated in New Delhi. In connection with the exposition
of the Sacred Kapilavastu relics in Sri Lanka, the Centre for
Contemporary Indian Studies (CCIS), in collaboration with the Pali and
Buddhist Studies Unit, University of Colombo, the Lakshman Kadirgamar
Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies, is
orgnaizing a half-day symposium on Relic Worship:
History, Archaeology and Religion on August 20, 2012, at 9.30 am to
1.30 pm at the auditorium of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for
International Relations and Strategic Studies, Colombo. Prof. G. L.
Peiris, Minister of External Affairs of Sri Lanka and Kumari Selja,
Minister of Culture, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation of India,
will grace the inaugural session.
This symposium will address central themes associated with the relics
and relic worship from historical, archaeological and religious