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Most sacred Buddhist relics from Taxila Pakistan tour Rajarata


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Inauguration of Holy Relics at Temple Trees

The most sacred relics of Lord Buddha from Taxila Pakistan were exhibited for the general public in Bodirukkaramaya, Diyasenpure, Medirigiriya, for two days from 16 to 17 June.

After the two days long exposition in Polonnaruwa the sacred relics of the Lord Buddha will be taken to Anuradhapura for exposition on 18 and 19 June. Thereafter, the holy relics will be taken to Kandy for exposition on 20 and 21 June before bringing them back to Colombo on 22 June.

The sacred relics include two holy bone relics of the Buddha, a golden casket containing the relics and a stone reliquary in stupa shape. The relic casket of steatite with a miniature gold casket inside, containing holy bone relics were discovered near the Dharmarajika stupa in Taxila Pakistan. The steatite casket is 7.5 inch high and has been well turned on the lath. It has adorned with shallow incised lines round its body and provided with handle on the led in the shape of a miniature casket.

Dharmarajika stupa is the earliest and the largest Buddhist religious complex at Taxila. It is situated on the bank of Dharma rivulet. It was built to enshrine the redistributed holy relics of the Buddha by the famous Mauryan king Asoka the great who was also known as Dharmaraja for his services to Buddhism. Thus it named Dharmarajika.

Dharmarajika was excavated by Ghulam Qadir in 1912-16 under the directions of Sir John Marshall and A.D Siddiqui in 1934-36. The circular stupa has a diameter of 131 feet and 45 feet high drum, constructed in solid stone masonry.

The Gandhara civilisation was not only the centre of spiritual influence but also the cradle of the world famous Gandhara culture, art and learning. It was from these centres that a unique art of sculpture originated which is known as Gandhara Art all over the world.

 


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