Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa received the relics of Buddha (bone fragments excavated in Kapilavastu and considered sacred by Buddhists) at a stately ceremony at the Bandaranaike airport in Colombo. The sacred relics are thus being brought to Sri Lanka after three decades since their first exposition in 1978.
The sacred relics were brought to Sri Lanka in a special Indian Air Force aircraft. A delegation from India led by Minister of Culture, Kumari Selja, accompanied the relics.
Prior to the departure of the relics to Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Maha Sangha residents throughout India at several sites associated with the life of Gautama Buddha, performed special religious ceremony and offered Buddha Pooja at the Indian Air Force Base in Delhi.
High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam and the staff at the Sri Lanka High Commission in India attended the event.