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Prime Minister Modi and the Prime Minister of Nepal celebrate the shilanya ceremony for the International Center for Buddhist Culture and Heritage

Prime Minister Modi and the Prime Minister of Nepal celebrate the shilanya ceremony for the International Center for Buddhist Culture and Heritage

Lumbini/New Delhi, May 16 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba on Monday celebrated the shilanya ceremony for the construction of the Indian International Center for Buddhist Culture and Heritage in the monastic area of ​​Lumbini, in Lumbini, Nepal. The Center will be built by the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), New Delhi, on land awarded to IBC by the Lumbini Development Trust (LDT), under an agreement between IBC and LDT signed in March 2022. After the Ceremony shilanyas, which was made by monks belonging to three great Buddhist traditions, Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana, the two Prime Ministers also unveiled a model of the Center. The two PMs also presented gifts to the monks. When completed, the Center will be a world-class facility welcoming pilgrims and tourists from all over the world to enjoy the essence of the spiritual aspects of Buddhism. It will be a modern building, compliant with NetZero in terms of energy, water and waste treatment, and will house prayer rooms, meditation centers, a library, an exhibition hall, a cafeteria, offices and other amenities, according to an official statement. Earlier, Prime Minister Modi visited the Mayadevi Temple in Lumbini, as the first stop on his one-day visit to Lumbini. Prime Minister Modi was accompanied by Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and his wife, Dr Arzu Rana Deuba. The leaders paid homage to the marker stone inside the temple premises, which indicates the exact birthplace of Lord Buddha. They attended the puja conducted according to Buddhist rituals. Maya Devi was the mother of Gautama Buddha. The visit comes on the auspicious occasion of the 2566th Buddha Jayanti. UNI RN


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