Sacred Kapilavastu Relics Exposition all 24 hours
The Sacred Kapilavastu Relics will be on exposition for public
veneration 24 hours a day for devotees who will be coming from all
corners of the country, Presidential Co-ordinator on Religious Affairs
Ven Getamanne Gunananda said.
The Thera said the people of the country should thank Pressident
Mahinda Rajapaksa for his intervention to bring the Sacred Relics from
Further the Ven Thera requested devotees not to bring cameras and any
other parcels or objects when coming to worship Sacred Kapilavastu
The Sacred Kapilavastu Relics will be exposed at the Manelwaththa
Temple until August 22 at 6.00 am. Thereafter, the relics will be
brought to the Pellmadulla Rajamaha Viharaya. The Sacred Relics will be
on exposition there on August 22 and 23, the Thera said.
An Exposition of the Sacred Buddha Relics will be held at five
locations from August 19 to September 5 with Prith Chanting by the Maha
Director Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist University Prof.
Sumanapala Galmangoda told the Daily News that many countries in the
world possess the Sacred Relics of The Buddha.
However, the Relics from Kapilavasthu could be considered as the real
Sacred Relics of The Buddha.
These Relics were excavated by Alexander Cunningham, the first
director of the Archaeological Survey of India, in the late 19th
century from ruins in Piprahwa, in present day Bihar; Piprahwa was
known as Kapilavastu in ancient Indian history.
Historical chronicles record that, after the Buddha’s “Parinibbana”
(Passing Away), the holy Relics taken from the cremation site were
divided into eight portions, and handed over to separate groups for
These came to be known as the Kapilavastu Relics. According to the
Mahaparinibbana Sutta penned in the fifth century BC, a part of the
Buddha’s Relics was handed to the Sakyas of Kapilavastu. These came to
be known as the Kapilavastu Relics.
The Exposition of Sacred Kapilavastu Buddha Relics is held in Sri
Lanka for the second time. The first was held in 1978, 34 years ago.