Hair relic of Buddha from Chittagong to arrive Sri Lanka on July 19

Daily Mirror, July 13, 2007

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A hair relic of the Buddha will be brought to Sri Lanka from the Chittagong Buddhist Temple, Bangladesh on July 19, the Daily Mirror learns.

The sacred relic is to be kept at Senanayake Aramaya of Madampe, where previously brought hair relics of the Buddha from Chittagong have also been enshrined.

The relic has been offered to Senanayake Aramaya on a request made by its chief patron Keerthi Senanayake and philanthropist Sammodha Caldera.The handing over ceremony in Bangladesh has been organized by the Bangladesh Buddhist Federation.The Sacred Hair Relic is to be displayed at Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo 2 for three days before being taken to Madampe.

The Senanayake Aramaya has been a recipient of several such relics of the Buddha, including hair relics from Chittagong and Takshila brought in 1960 and 1956 respectively. These are now enshrined at the Buddha Jayanthi stupa at the Senanayake Aramaya.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has offered state patronage to the event and several leading Buddhist monks and Ministers are to take part at the events related to the arrival of the relic in Sri Lanka.