Modi said: I am happy to have come to the birthplace of Gautam Buddha

Logo May 16, 2022 at 10:05 PM | Gorkhali                  

The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has expressed his happiness to visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. Modi, who arrived in Lumbini on Monday on the occasion of the 2566th Buddha Jayanti, returned to India in the evening after concluding his visit.

Arriving in Lumbini on Monday morning in an Indian Air Force helicopter, Modi spent six hours in various programs. He arrived in Lumbini from Kushinagar International Airport in India and returned after completing his visit.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka, and other senior officials bade farewell to Modi.

Addressing a special function organized on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti during the visit, Modi said that the life journey of Gautam Buddha was not just a coincidence, adding that he was born in Lumbini.

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It was not a coincidence that the stages of Lord Buddha’s life journey were on the same date. It also has the philosophical message of Buddhism with life, knowledge, and Nirvana, ‘he said.

On this day, after attaining enlightenment in Bodh Gaya, he became Lord Buddha, and on this day, he attained Mahaparinirvana in Kushinagar. ‘

He said that Gautama Buddha belonged to everyone, rising above the geographical boundaries. He said that the relationship between Nepal and India was as strong as a mountain, adding that there was a close relationship between the two countries.

“As I said in Janakpur, without Nepal, our Ram would be incomplete,” he said. “I believe that Nepal is just as happy with the Ram temple being built in India today.”

Modi said that when he visits Nepal, he feels more spiritual than political. He said that he used to get spiritual blessings from Nepal.

Prime Minister Deuba expressed confidence that Modi’s visit would contribute to making the birthplace of the Buddha, Nepal, more familiar to the world.

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“I am confident that Modiji’s visit will contribute to making Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, more familiar to the world,” said Prime Minister Deuba. This has helped in increasing the number of Indian tourists significantly. I would like to express my gratitude to Prime Minister Modi for this. ‘

He said that the invaluable philosophy and teachings of the Buddha had closely influenced the citizens of both countries.

He also said that his counterpart Modi and himself were committed to developing a Buddhist circuit that would connect important places related to the life of the Buddha.

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During the visit, Modi met Prime Minister Deuba and a team including Foreign Minister Khadka. He had worshiped at the Mayadevi temple and Prime Minister Deuba and India had jointly laid the foundation stone of Bihar to be built in the Lumbini development zone.

During the meeting between Prime Minister Deuba and Modi, an agreement was reached in principle to establish a sisterhood between Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, and Kushinagar, India, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Both sides have agreed in principle to establish a sister relationship between Lumbini and Kushinagar,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

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In addition, six different agreements have been signed between the two countries. The agreements signed in the presence of Deuba and Modi are related to education and water resources.

For the study of Buddhist philosophy between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Lumbini Buddhist University. It has been agreed to establish Ambedkar Chair. Similarly, ICCR and Nepal and the Center for Asian Studies (SINAS), and Tribhuvan University have agreed to establish ICCR Chair for Indian Studies.

Also, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between ICCR and Kathmandu University to establish an ICCR Chair of Indian Studies and between the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), India.

An agreement has also been signed between Kathmandu University and IITM of India to conduct a joint degree program at the postgraduate level.

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Similarly, a memorandum of understanding has been signed between the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) and Satjal Hydropower Limited of India for the development and implementation of the Arun-4 project.

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