June 04, Colombo: President Mahinda Rajapaksa inaugurated exposition of the Jaw Bone Relic of Buddha brought to Sri Lanka from the Gandhara Pradesh in Pakistan today (04) at Maligakanda Vidyodaya Maha Pirivena.
Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa accompanied by ministers and parliamentarians at the Katunayake International Airport received the relics brought from the Thaxila Museum in Gandhara.
The Relics were brought following a request made by President Rajapaksa from the Pakistani President to provide the Buddh Relics for the exposition to mark 2600th Sambuddhathva Jayanthi. The Relics are open today and tomorrow for public viewing.
At the occasion Pakistani Minister Paul Bhatti has said that the event is instrumental in improving the cultural and religious ties between the two countries.
Vidyodaya Parivenadhipathi, Ven. Balangoda Sobhitha Thera, Ven. Akuratiye Nanda Thera, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, Deputy Minister of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs M.K.D.S. Gunawardena, Pakistani Minister Dr. Poul Sagki and The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Ms. Seema Illahi Baloch were present on the occasion.
(Photos by Nalin Hewapathirana)