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PM Modi lays foundation stone for Buddhist Cultural Centre in Lumbini

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba on Monday laid the foundation stone for the India International Centre for Buddhist Culture and Heritage in the Lumbini Monastic Zone.

Once completed, the Centre 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.

“Taking forward our cultural ties. PM @narendramodi and PM @SherBDeuba perform Shilanyaas ceremony of the India International Centre for Buddhist Culture & Heritage,” the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said on Twitter.

“The centre is being built at the initiative of the International Buddhist Confederation, New Delhi,” he said.

The Centre will be a modern building, NetZero compliant in terms of energy, water and waste handling, and will house prayer halls, meditation centres, a library, exhibition hall, cafeteria, offices and other amenities, the MEA said in a statement.

The Centre will be constructed by the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), New Delhi, on a plot allocated to the IBC by the Lumbini Development Trust (LDT), under an agreement between the IBC and the LDT signed in March 2022, it said. After the ‘shilanyaas’ ceremony, which was performed by monks belonging to three major Buddhist traditions – Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana – the two Prime Ministers also unveiled a model of the Centre, the MEA said.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi offered prayers at the sacred Maya Devi Temple during his visit to Lumbini in Nepal on the occasion of Buddha Purnima.

He was accompanied by his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba during his visit to the historic temple, the birthplace of Gautama Buddha.

“Beginning the Nepal visit with prayers at the sacred Maya Devi Temple, Lumbini,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) tweeted.

“On the auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima, both Prime Ministers offered pooja and prayers at the sacred Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautama Buddha,” Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Twitter.

Prime Minister Modi visited the Maya Devi Temple as the first stop of his one-day visit to Lumbini on the occasion of Buddha Purnima, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.

PM Modi was accompanied by PM Deuba and his spouse Dr. Arzu Rana Deuba. (The Hindu)

 


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