Chinese Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic is transferred to Uppatasanti Pagoda in Burma’s capital of Naypyitaw after arriving from China. (Photo: AP)
Burma President Thein Sein and top government officials attended a consecration ceremony on Nov. 6 which marked the Sacred Buddha Tooth Relic arriving from China to a cave east of Uppatasanti Pagoda in Naypyidaw, state-run media reported on Monday.
The grand ceremony paying homage to the relic was also attended by both vice-presidents, Tin Aung Myint Oo and Sai Mauk Kham, as well as Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Gen Min Aung Hlaing and around 6,000 Buddhist followers.
Buddhist pilgrims from across Naypyidaw also came to Uppatasanti Pagoda early in the morning of Nov. 7 and entered the platform of pagoda cave group-by-group after normal security checks.
Sai Mauk Kham also met with a visiting Chinese Buddhist delegation led by Wang Zuoan, director of the State Administration of Religious Affairs of China, in Naypyidaw on Sunday.
The Burmese vice-president said that the conveyance of the Buddha Sacred Tooth Relic from China represents a major event for Buddhist cultural exchange with Burma. He added that the event contributed to the enhancement of friendship between the two countries and peoples, according to a report by Xinhua News Agency.
He also separately met the Buddha Sacred Tooth Relic escort team led by Master Chuanyin, president of the Buddhist Association of China. The sacred tooth relic was then conveyed by decorative float and white elephant to Naypyidaw.
It is the fourth time that the Chinese Buddha Sacred Tooth Relic was brought to be revered in Burma, with the last occasion 15 years ago. The relic will spend 48 days touring Burma’s big cities including Naypyidaw, Rangoon and Mandalay until Dec. 24.
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