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Relic of famous Chinese monk moved to new memorial hall in N India
Latest Updated by 2007-02-12 09:08:33
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The relic of Xuanzang, a famous Chinese monk who traveled to India some 1,300 years ago, has been moved into a new memorial hall at Nalanda of north Indian state Bihar, according to the director of Nalanda University Sunday (Feb 11).


The relic containing skull bone of the monk had been kept in a crystal casket at the Patna Museum in the state capital for years.


The memorial hall for Xuanzang is scheduled to formally open on Monday (Feb 12) mid presence of a high-level Chinese delegation.


The inauguration of the hall will give a fillip to the Sino-Indian ties, said Ravindra Panth, director of the Nava Nalanda Mahavihar (Nalanda University).


A 100-member Chinese delegation, including 80 monks, will be present at the opening ceremony on Monday.


The Xuanzang memorial hall is located about half km from the ruins of ancient Nalanda University where the monk had spent five years studying Buddhism.


The restoration work of the hall received help of the Chinese government. A 26-member Chinese team stayed at Nalanda for about 100 days carrying out the restoration work.


Xuanzang started his journey to India, home to Buddhism, in 627A.D. and stayed here for 13 years. He brought back lots of Buddhist sutra and translated into Chinese, which laid foundations for Chinese Buddhism.


Editor: Wing

By: Source: China View website
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