After the completion of a three-week exhibition in Sri Lanka, the pious antiques of Lord Buddha were taken back to Pakistan. The Government of Pakistan sent these relics for the Annual Buddha Rashmi National Vesak Festival. These divine relics were presented at different temples of Colombo, Wellampitiya, Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Kurunegalla, Anuradhapura and Kandy where millions of enthusiasts gave respect and tribute to them.
The ceremony started on 29th April 2018 by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickramasinghe, amongst the huge crowd of Buddhist Priest, Scholars, Ministers, Parliamentarians, and high-level government functionaries.
These Holy Relics were actually found near the Dharmarajika stupa, which was built in the 3rd century BC by the renowned Mauryan King Asoka. Dharmarajika was discovered by Ghulam Qadir in 1912-16 under the guidance of Sir John Marshall and A.D. Siddique in 1934-36. The beginning and the advancement of Buddhism made Pakistan more influential and thus this is the place where the religious activities of Buddhism came to its end and made it a world religion.