PM Narendra Modi offers prayers at Maya Devi temple in Nepal’s Lumbini, says ‘happy to be among wonderful people’

PM Narendra Modi on Monday offered petitions at the holy Maya Devi sanctuary here in Nepal on the event of Buddha Purnima.

He was joined by his Nepalese partner Sher Bahadur Deuba during his visit to the notable sanctuary, the origination of Gautam Buddha.

“Starting the Nepal visit with supplications at the sacrosanct Maya Devi Temple, Lumbini,” the Office of the Prime Minister of India tweeted.

“On the propitious event of Buddha Purnima, both Prime Ministers offered pooja and petitions at the holy Mayadevi sanctuary in Lumbini, the origin of Gautam Buddha,” Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Twitter.

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Afterward, Modi alongside Deuba played out the shilanyaas service for the development of the India International Center for Buddhist Culture and Heritage in the Lumbini Monastic Zone here.

The Center will be built by the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), New Delhi, on a plot distributed to IBC by the Lumbini Development Trust (LDT), under an arrangement among IBC and LDT endorsed in March 2022, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a proclamation.

Modi, who is in the Himalayan country at the greeting of Deuba, is paying a day-long visit to Lumbini on the event of Buddha Purnima.

“Arrived in Nepal. Glad to be among the magnificent individuals of Nepal on the unique event of Buddha Purnima. Anticipating the projects in Lumbini,” Prime Minister Modi said on Twitter upon his appearance.

He was gotten by Deuba in Lumbini.

“I might want to say thanks to PM @SherBDeuba for the warm greeting in Lumbini,” Modi said in a tweet.

It is the PM’s fifth visit to Nepal beginning around 2014. Modi and his escort showed up here on a unique Indian Air Force helicopter from Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh.

Lumbini, situated in the Terai fields of southern Nepal, is perhaps the holiest spot of Buddhism, as Lord Buddha was brought into the world there.

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During the visit, he will convey a location at the Buddha Jayanti festivities coordinated by the Lumbini Development Trust.

The meeting Prime Minister will likewise partake in the establishment laying function for the development of a middle for Buddhist Culture and legacy inside the Lumbini Monastic Zone. PTI

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