A SACRED bone relic of the Buddha arrived Mandalay by plane yesterday.
The bone relic was conveyed by Mr Drukpa Thuksey Rinpoche and Buddhist monks from northern India.
The sacred bone relic was taken to the Sitagu International Buddhist Academy in Sagaing by officials from the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Sitagu Buddhist missionaries.
“The relic is a piece of the Buddha’s spine. We’ve maintained it with reverence since the days of our forefathers. Upon the invitation by the Sitagu Sayadaw, the sacred bone relic has arrived in Myanmar for the first time. We are proud to bring the sacred relic here,” said the Venerable Sonam Wangd, a member of the relic’s entourage.
The bone relic will leave Sagaing today for a tour through Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw, Meikhtila, Okpo, Taungoo and Yangon, where the Buddhist devotees will be able to pay homage to it.
Yangon residents will be able to pay homage to the bone relic at Shwedagon Pagoda.