Buddha relics to be exhibited in Geneva: organiser

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Relics of the Buddha will go on display near Switzerland's western city of Geneva at the weekend, organisers said Friday.

The relics from India, Sri Lanka and Thailand are "vestiges of the body of the Buddha after his cremation in India," the Swiss Buddhist Association said.

They will be shown in the suburb of Chene-Bougeries on Saturday and Sunday.

The items are "very rarely exhibited to the public" and expected to bring "happiness and joy to all believers," the association said. They have already been on show at the UN headquarters in New York.

The Buddha, originally named Prince Siddhartha, died at the age of 80 and his relics became a matter of fierce dispute.

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