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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2610

Exposition of the Sacred Tooth Relic, to herald in peace

- Foreign visitors to get an opportunity to witness the exposition
- Up to 4 million devotees to make the journey of a life time

Colombo, 27 February, (Asiantribune.com): An exposition of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha will be held from 6 to 16 March 2009, to herald in a new era of peace and unity in Sri Lanka.

The exposition is held to invoke the blessings of the sacred relic on the entire population of Sri Lanka, to live in peace and harmony and to shed the differences that have held back the true potential of the island nation, for nearly three decades.

From left to right:  Dileep Mudadeniya, MD, SLTBP;  B M U D Basnayake, Addl. Secretary, Ministry of Tourism;  Faizer Musthapa, Deputy Minister of Tourism; Pradeep Nilanga Dela, Diyawadana Nilame, Temple of the Tooth, Kandy;  Amarananda Weerasinghe, Chairman, Udarata Development Authority; and  Bernard Goonetilleke, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority & Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, at the media conference on the planned activities for the exposition of the Sacred Tooth Relic, in Kandy.From left to right: Dileep Mudadeniya, MD, SLTBP; B M U D Basnayake, Addl. Secretary, Ministry of Tourism; Faizer Musthapa, Deputy Minister of Tourism; Pradeep Nilanga Dela, Diyawadana Nilame, Temple of the Tooth, Kandy; Amarananda Weerasinghe, Chairman, Udarata Development Authority; and Bernard Goonetilleke, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority & Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, at the media conference on the planned activities for the exposition of the Sacred Tooth Relic, in Kandy.

The decision to hold an exposition of the Sacred Tooth Relic is based on advice given to Diyawadana Nilame, Pradeep Nilanga Dela, by the Mahanayake Theras of the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters, together making up the three custodians of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha.

Commenting on this noble venture, the Minister of Tourism, Milinda Moragoda said, “The exposition of the sacred relic marks the return of peace and democracy to the island nation that suffered heavily due to the conflict, for a period of over 25 years".

The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Faizer Musthapa stated that Buddhists consider it a sacred act to view the Sacred Tooth Relic during their lifetime, and this activity is likely to draw over four million Sri Lankans to the hill capital over the ten day period, including Hindu devotees from the North and East of the island.

"This is a significant moment in our history as Sri Lanka will once again be a fully democratic and united nation, with all her children coming together regardless of race and religion," he added. Meanwhile, the exposition is also receiving international interest, including participation from Buddhist devotees, from various quarters of the world.

"The Tooth Relic exposition is held after five years at a very special moment for the country," said the Diyawadana Nilame, Nilanga Dela.

From left to right: Mr Dileep Mudadeniya, MD, SLTBP;  B M U D Basnayake, Addl. Secretary, Ministry of Tourism;   Faizer Musthapa, Deputy Minister of Tourism;  Pradeep Nilanga Dela, Diyawadana Nilame, Temple of the Tooth, Kandy; and  Amarananda Weerasinghe, Chairman, Udarata Development Authority, at the media conference on the planned activities for the exposition of the Sacred Tooth Relic, in Kandy.From left to right: Mr Dileep Mudadeniya, MD, SLTBP; B M U D Basnayake, Addl. Secretary, Ministry of Tourism; Faizer Musthapa, Deputy Minister of Tourism; Pradeep Nilanga Dela, Diyawadana Nilame, Temple of the Tooth, Kandy; and Amarananda Weerasinghe, Chairman, Udarata Development Authority, at the media conference on the planned activities for the exposition of the Sacred Tooth Relic, in Kandy.

Special arrangements will be undertaken to provide accommodation, transport, meals, water, and sanitation facilities for the expected massive influx of people to the city of Kandy. The Temple of the Tooth, together with other organizations in Kandy is also planning for a massive campaign to provide free meals and water during the ten day period.

The Sacred Tooth Relic of Kandy forms a significant part of Sri Lanka’s cultural and religious heritage, and has held centre stage as a unifying force since it was brought to Sri Lanka from India, during the 4th century AD and has been protected by successive kings and the Buddhist monastic order through the centuries.

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