The Governor of Bihar said that he believed that the Buddhagaya Centre being the first centre of the Maha Bodhi Society of India plays an important role in Buddhist activities here. And, it has become the bounden duty of this centre to continue the aims and objects of the late Anagarika Dharmapala when establishing the society. He wished the society all success, saying that may it grow from strength to strength and continue to serve the Buddhist world for many more centuries and go ahead in its mission.
After the presentation of mementos the programme was concluded with vote of thanks by one of the governing body members of the Maha Bodhi Society.
An exhibition of more than 400 postal stamps on Buddha and Buddhism issued in 110 different countries - collected by Souvik Roy of Kolkata was also organised at the Maha Bodhi Buddhagaya Centre premises. The collection also includes the postal stamp released by President Pranab Mukerjee on Anagarika Dhammapala, founder of the Maha Bodhi Society of India on his 150th Birth Anniversary in 2014.
A 14-minute documentary on life and works of Anagarika Dhammapala was also shown in this three-day yearly event.
Sacred Relics Exposition:
The sacred relics of the Buddha and his two chief disciples were displayed for three days, which was started from 1st Feb to 3rd Feb, 2016 for public display at the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Vihara in the premises of the Maha Bodhi Society of Buddhagaya Centre.
On the first day of the sacred relics exposition, hundreds of monks, nuns and devotees took out a colourful procession from Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi Vihara to Mahabodhi Maha Vihara. Special prayers were offered at the sanctum sanctorum of the Maha Bodhi Mahavihara after which the relics were kept back at Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi Vihara for public display from 8:00 am to 10:30 am.
Exposition of the sacred relics is a yearly event of Buddhagaya centre of the Maha Bodhi Society of India which is held in February 1st to 3rd. This year more than 25,000 devotees from Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and other countries turned out to have a glimpse at sacred relics.
On the last of exposition of the sacred relics, Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the 17th Karmapa visited the Jaya Sri Mahabodhi Vihar to see the sacred relics of the Buddha. After having seen the sacred relics, His Holiness chanted prayers for the world peace in which the resident monks of the Society also participated. His Holiness helped to place the caskets of the relics onto the floral decorated cars which were then taken for procession. The procession commenced from the Kalachakra Ground to the Great Budhda Statue. The procession was a big turnout in which participants from other Buddhist countries too took part with great enthusiasm and staunched devotion. A considerable number of school children enjoyed the chance to be part of the procession. They came with different artistic preparations that were heaved with praises by onlookers. They included many school children from different schools from the vicinity of the Bodhagaya. On returning back from the Great Buddha statue, all the participants were presented with brand new T-shirts, calendar and water bottles by the Vietnamese devotees who solely sponsored the programme.
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