External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on Saturday said the return of holy relic of Queen St Ketevan from India to Georgia is a testimony of warm and friendly relations between the two countries.
The holy relics were preserved at the St. Augustine Church in Goa since the 17th century. Speaking at the relic handing ceremony, Dr Jaishankar said given the immense spiritual value that this relic holds for the people of Georgia, India had kept this sacred heritage as its own. He particularly thanked the people of Goa who have been reverential custodians of this holy treasure. He said Goans have done India proud by being true to India’s tradition of respecting faiths.
The Minister said the martyrdom of St. Queen Ketevan is a story of courage and sacrifice. Her relics were taken to India by two devoted Augustinian monks who witnessed the last years of her life. One part of the holy relics still remain in India as a reminder of shared past of India and Georgia. Dr Jaishankar said the part which has now come back permanently to Georgia due to a decision made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will surely inspire generations to come.