Arrival of Sacred Relics underscores robust Indo- Lanka ties
External Affairs Minister Professor G L Peiris yesterday stated that
the Kapilavasthu Relics that were brought to Sri Lanka are sign that the
long maintained robust and sound relationship between the two great
nations, India and Sri Lanka would go forth from strength to strength in
the years to come.
He made this observation at the inaugural session of the symposium
Relic Worship: History, Archeology and Religion symposium held at the
Lakshman Kadiragamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic
Studies. The event was organized by the Center for Contemporary Indian
Studies (CCIS) and Pali and Buddhist Studies Unit of the Colombo
Professor Peiris further said the Exposition of the Sacred
Kapilavasthu Relics will be held in seven provinces in the country.The
Sacred Relics were brought to the country at the request of President
He added that the two governments and the people of the two countries
have close relationship. He also said that the destiny of the two
countries are inexplicably intertwined. The dominant element is the
guidance of the Buddha Dhamma.
The greatest son of India, The Buddha does not belong exclusively to
India. He visited this Island on three occasions. He visited Mahiyangana,
Nagadeepa and Kelaniya.
He also said the presence of the Sarvanna Dhathu, The Buddha’ relics
denotes the presence of the living Buddha. The relics not only has a
social and cultural dimension but also political dimension. He added
that where the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy is considered it was believed
the person who can demonstrate physical possession of the Relics has the
legitimate, moral and legal claim to govern the country.
Prof. Peiris also stated the Sacred Bo sapling was brought to Sri
Lanka by the daughter of Emperor Ashoka Therani Sangamitta.The sacred
Pathra Dhathu used by Lord Buddha also was brought to Sri Lanka. He
added these were some matters that caused the close relationship between
the two countries.
CCIS Director Dr Sandagomi Coperahewa, External Affairs Minister Prof
G. L. Peiris, Culture, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister of
India Ms Kumari Selja and LKIIRSS Director Asanga Abeygoonasekera also
spoke on the occasion.
High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka Ashok K. Kantha, Prof Anura
Manathunga, Prof Asanga Thilakaratne, Prof K. N. O. Dharmadasa were also