The relics were escorted by Tourism Minister Pema Khandu, curator KKS Deori, assistant chemist Satish Kumar Jaiswal and head modeller RK Rai of National Museum Delhi besides a group of Rinpoches (monks of the Mahayana sect). (Agencies)
These Kapilavastu relics (four out of 22 pieces of the relics) are considered to be the most genuine relics of Lord Buddha.
The sacred relics were received by thousands of devotees and monks led by Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering, Rajya Sabha member Mukut Mithi and a host of ministers, including Finance Minister Chowna Mein.
The devotees pulled the car carrying National Museum staff holding the relics in a procession for a few kilometers before a traditional welcome was given at the entrance of the Golden Pagoda where it was installed in a bullet-proof glass box.
A massive security blanket was spread around and within the venue for the safety of the national treasure, taken out in the country for the second time after its earlier exposition in Buddhist-dominated Ladakh.
Before the rituals by the Rinpoches began, Mein, founder of the Pagoda, in his address to the gathering said the people of Arunachal Pradesh have been blessed as the relics would bring greater welfare for the people in the world.
"This is an opportunity which may not come in 100 or 200 years," he said, adding lakhs of devotees from within and outside the state were expected during the eight-day exposition that begins December 6 onwards.
"This is a lifetime opportunity and the participants are witnessing history. With the arrival of Lord Buddha, the land and the people have been blessed," he added.
The relics, brought from National Museum, New Delhi on November 15, are doing the rounds in Arunachal Pradesh.
Earlier, they were kept at Tawang Monastery for exposition till November 23 and the next day taken to Bomdila Monastery for exposition till December 2.
The relics were escorted by Tourism Minister Pema Khandu, curator KKS Deori, assistant chemist Satish Kumar Jaiswal and head modeller RK Rai of National Museum Delhi besides a group of Rinpoches (monks of the Mahayana sect).