Deccan Chronicle - - City - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The cor­po­real relics of the Bud­dha, which were re­ceived from the Ven­er­a­ble Ajahn Dtun Thiracitto from Thai­land, were en­shrined on a stupa which was built in Amar­a­vati style at the Ma­ha­bodhi Bud­dha Vi­hara on Mahin­dra Hills in Se­cun­der­abad on Sun­day morn­ing.

Ven­er­a­ble Bhikkhu Bodhi from the US spoke about the sig­nif­i­cance of the stupa and said it was a very aus­pi­cious sign that the holy relics of the Bud­dha which be­longed to In­dia had re­turned to the coun­try. He said the mes­sage of the Bud­dha is uni­ver­sal and could bring hap­pi­ness to all seg­ments of so­ci­ety.

Re­tired IPS of­fi­cer Mr C. An­janeya Reddy said the Tel­ugu land had a rich Bud­dhist her­itage dat­ing to the time of the Bud­dha him­self.

“Nu­mer­ous stupas, chaityas and monas­ter­ies are on the Tel­ugu land, show­ing that there was a large Bud­dhist fol­low­ing. With the pas­sage of time, it slowly dis­ap­peared but presently it is show­ing signs of re­vival,” Mr An­janeya Reddy said.

Mo­hammed Zul­fiqarud­din

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