'Shared Civilisational Heritage': PM Modi To Visit Lumbini In Nepal On Buddha Purnima

by Swarajya Staff - May 12, 2022 02:51 PM +05:30 IST
'Shared Civilisational Heritage': PM Modi To Visit Lumbini In Nepal On Buddha PurnimaPM Modi

The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday (12 May) said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Lumbini in Nepal on 16 May on the occasion of Buddha Purnima.

"Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will pay an official visit to Lumbini on 16 May 2022 on the occasion of Buddha Purnima at the invitation of the Rt. Hon’ble Sher Bahadur Deuba, Prime Minister of Nepal," the MEA said in a statement.

This will be PM Modi's fifth visit to Nepal since 2014, the ministry said.

At Lumbini, PM Modi will visit the sacred Mayadevi temple to offer prayers.

He will also deliver an address at a Buddha Jayanti event organised by the Lumbini Development Trust under the aegis of the Government of Nepal, the ministry said.

"Separately, Prime Minister will participate in the "Shilanyas” ceremony for the construction of a centre for Buddhist culture and heritage, in a plot belonging to the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), New Delhi within the Lumbini Monastic Zone," it added.

PM Modi will also hold a bilateral meeting with his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba during the visit.

"Prime Minister Modi’s visit continues the tradition of regular high level exchanges between India and Nepal in furtherance of our Neighbourhood First policy," the MEA said, adding that the visit underscores the "shared civilisational heritage" of the people of both countries.

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