New Delhi has rejected a Sri Lankan Government request for a special exposition of the Sacred Kapilavastu Relics at Temple Trees.  The rejection, according to sources, has delivered a major blow to diplomatic relations between the two countries, already dented following the recent developments in Tamil Nadu. Informed sources said the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa had made the request for a special exposition, through SL External Affairs Minister, Prof. G.L. Peiris, at a dinner hosted by the Indian High Commissioner, following the reception of the Sacred Kapilavastu Relics. “Mahinda had instructed Peiris to forward three demands to the Indian High Commissioner. One was to extend the duration of the exposition of the relics by another week and the second was to allow the relics to be taken to as many places as possible, so that a larger number of devotees will get a chance to pay homage. Thirdly, the President wanted Prof. Peiris to put forward the demand of taking the Kapilavastu Relics to Temple Trees for a special exposition,” the source said,  noting that the Indian High Commissioner had subsequently informed the External Affairs Minister that he needed to seek permission from New Delhi before conceding to any of the demands. It is learnt that New Delhi had responded immediately, saying the Indian Government  has no objections to the first two demands, but that it cannot permit  the sacred relics to be taken to Temple Trees.    ]]>

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