Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Lumbini, Nepal today on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti. The Prime Minister has been invited by her rival, the Prime Minister of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba. This is Prime Minister Modi’s fifth visit to Nepal since 2014 and his first since his re-election in 2019.
In his departure statement, PM Modi said, “I look forward to praying at the Mayadevi temple on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Jayanti. I am honored to follow in the footsteps of millions of Indians to pay homage to the sacred place of the birth of Lord Buddha.
After our fruitful discussions during Prime Minister Deuba’s visit to India last month, I look forward to seeing you again. We will build on our shared understanding to expand cooperation in multiple areas, including hydropower, development and connectivity. ”
The Maya Devi Temple is traditionally considered the birthplace of Gautama Buddha and an important place of worship for Lumbini.
In addition to offering prayers at the Mayadevi temple, Prime Minister Lumbini will also attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the India International Center for Buddhist Culture and Heritage in the Monastic Zone. He will also be part of the Buddha Jayanti celebrations organized by the Government of Nepal.
“Our relationship with Nepal is unique. Cultural and people-to-people contacts between India and Nepal create a lasting foundation for our close relationship. The purpose of my visit is to celebrate and deepen these time-honored connections that have developed over the centuries and are enshrined in our long history of reunion, ”he said.
Nepal’s Prime Minister Deuba will host a luncheon for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his delegation.
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