Taxila, 17 January 2023 (GNP): The holy bone relics of the Lord Buddha are displayed in a gold-plated gallery at the Taxila Museum, which was opened on Tuesday by Chakkrit Krachaiwon, the Thai ambassador to Pakistan.
The Thai government placed several security and safety elements in the gallery as a gift in order to improve the safety and security of the rare artifacts. The installation to commemorate the 71st year of diplomatic ties between Thailand and Pakistan was announced by the Thai ambassador on this occasion.
According to him, the vessel housing the sacred relics was made to represent goodwill and enduring diplomatic ties between two friendly nations that share a common culture and history. The interfaith unity between many religions and civilizations is shown in this gallery.
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Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, Additional Secretary for Asia and the Pacific at Pakistan’s Ministry of foreign affairs, noted on this occasion that Thailand and Pakistan have a long history of diplomatic connections.
The gallery exhibition of Most Venerable Arayawangso, Chief Buddhist Monk of the Sangha Supreme Council of Thailand, and his disciple’s three-month trip to Pakistan is evidence that, in addition to diplomatic ties, cultural ties are advancing quickly. She gave hope of greater opportunities to improve ties, particularly with regard to religious travel.
Speaking on this occasion, Muhammad Iqbal Manj, Deputy Director of the Punjab Department of Archeology, noted that the holy relic has been on exhibit in a separate gallery with a one-meter-long bulletproof glass for the first time since the founding of Taxila Museum in 1928.
He claimed, with the most advanced security measures, the prospect of theft of the sacred relic was no longer a possibility. He said that a silver coffin with a silver inscription inside contained the sacred relic of Lord Buddha.
The writing on the inscription is in the vintage Kharosthi script, which was originally used extensively in Gandhara. According to the inscription, Urusaka of Noacha kept Buddha relics in his chapel in Dharmarajika. Sir John Marshall, the Surveyor General of British India at the time, carried out the excavations at Taxila from the Dharmarajika Stupa between 1912 and 1916.