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PM to attend ‘Shilanyas’ at Lumbini Buddhist Cultural Center on Monday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the “Shilanyas” ceremony for the construction of a unique center for Buddhist culture and heritage in Lumbini monastic area during his official visit to Lumbini tomorrow on the occasion of Vaishakha Buddha Purnima.

In Lumbini, the PM will visit the holy Mayadevi Temple to offer prayers. He will also deliver a speech at a Buddha Jayanti event organized by the Lumbini Development Trust under the auspices of the Government of Nepal.

The construction of the unique “Indian International Center for Buddhist Culture and Heritage” with universal appeal will be undertaken by the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), India, under the auspices of the Lumbini Development Trust with financial support from the Ministry of Culture. The Buddhist Center will be the first “Net Zero Emission” building in Nepal.

Also, on this occasion, the Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), is organizing a colorful program for the Vaishakha Buddha Purnima Divas celebrations in New Delhi. The highlight will be the screening of a film of PM Modi’s cornerstone laying ceremony earlier in the day for the Center for Buddhist Culture and Heritage in Lumbini, Nepal.

The event will begin at 2:00 p.m. with chants from various Buddhist sites played on the screen.

The main guest of the event will be Kiren Rijiju, Minister of Law and Justice, while the guest of honor will be G. Kishan Reddy, Minister of Culture, Tourism and DoNER, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of ‘State to Culture being the special guest.

The timing significance of the Prime Minister‘s visit to Nepal is to coincide with the inauguration of Lumbini Buddhist Center with holy Buddha Vaishakha Purnima Divas. The day is recognized as the thrice blessed day which marks the birth, enlightenment and Mahaparinirvana of Lord Buddha. While Buddha was born in Lumbini in Nepal, he attained enlightenment in Bodhgaya in Bihar, preached his first sermon in Sarnath and attained Nirvana in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh.

Lumbini is the holy place where, according to Buddhist tradition, Queen Mahamayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama around 623 BC. J.-C. The Lord Buddha, was born in the famous gardens of Lumbini, which quickly became a place of pilgrimage.

Among the pilgrims was the Indian Emperor Ashoka, who erected one of his memorial pillars here. The site is now being developed as a center of Buddhist pilgrimage, where archaeological remains associated with the birth of Lord Buddha form a central feature.

Some of the other Viharas and Monasteries in the area are Myanmar Golden Temple, Tara Foundation Temple, Sri Lanka Monastery, Korean Temple (Dae Sung Shakya), Cambodian Monastery and Phat QuocTu Vietnamese Temple.

Lumbini is one of the holiest and most important places in Nepal, which has earned it inclusion in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Areas.

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