China allows public worship of Huen Tsang`s remains

Xuan Zang was an eminent Chinese monk who travelled to India in 630 AD.

Last Updated: Apr 25, 2011, 00:05 AM IST

Beijing: China has permitted public
worship of part of a skull believed to be of Xuan Zang, an
eminent Chinese monk who travelled to India through the silk
route in 630 AD and brought Buddhism to the country.

Remains of Xuan Zang (known in India as Huen Tsang)
are available for public worship in east China`s Jiangsu
Province, official Xinhua news agency reported today.

The remains, known as sariras in Buddhism, are
believed to be those of the parietal bone of Xuan Zang after
cremation. He went on a 16-year adventures journey to India to
seek Buddhist sutras more than 1,000 years ago.

The sariras were opened for public yesterday in Linggu
Temple in Nanjing City, the provincial capital, since they
were moved here in 1974.

Xuan Zang (602 AD-664 AD) of the Tang Dynasty
travelled to India, the birthplace of Buddhism, totally on
foot to seek Buddhist sutras an brought about 657 Sanskrit
texts with him and translated them into Chinese.

He along with another Chinese monk Fa-Hien, who
travelled to India paved the way for spread of Buddhism in
China.
The treasured sariras were preserved in a 138-cm-tall
pagoda made of the rare and expensive nanmu, or Phoebe
sheareri, also known as "the emperor`s wood" in ancient China.

Visitors will have the chance to worship the relics
till May 17, the report said.

PTI