Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for the construction of a unique center for Buddhist culture and heritage in Lumbini monastic area during his official visit to Lumbini in Nepal on Monday on the occasion of Vaishakha Buddha Purnima, said informed the Ministry of Culture.
In Lumbini, the Prime Minister will visit the sacred Mayadevi Temple to offer prayers. The prime minister will also deliver a speech at a Buddha Jayanti event organized by the Lumbini Development Trust under the auspices of the Government of Nepal, the ministry said in its press release.
The construction of the unique “Indian International Center for Buddhist Culture and Heritage” with universal appeal will be undertaken by the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), India, under the auspices of the Lumbini Development Trust with financial support from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
The International Buddhist Confederation is a beneficiary organization under the Ministry of Culture. The Buddhist Center will be the first “Net Zero Emission” building in Nepal.
Also, on this occasion, the Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), is organizing a colorful program for the Vaishakha Buddha Purnima Divas celebrations in New Delhi.
The highlight will be the screening of a film of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cornerstone laying ceremony earlier in the day for the Center for Buddhist Culture and Heritage in Lumbini, Nepal.
The event will begin at 2:00 p.m. with chants from various Buddhist sites played on the screen.
The chief guest of the event will be Kiren Rijiju, Minister of Law and Justice, Government of India, while the guest of honor will be G. Kishan Reddy, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Government of India with Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State for Culture as special guest, according to the press release.
The timing significance of the Prime Minister’s visit to Nepal is to coincide with the inauguration of Lumbini Buddhist Center with sacred divas Vaishakha Buddha Purnima. The day is recognized as the thrice blessed day which marks the birth, enlightenment and Mahaparinirvana of Lord Buddha.
While Buddha was born in Lumbini in Nepal, he attained enlightenment in Bodhgaya in Bihar, preached his first sermon in Sarnath and attained Nirvana in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh.
Lumbini is the holy place where, according to Buddhist tradition, Queen Mahamayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama around 623 BC. J.-C. The Lord Buddha, was born in the famous gardens of Lumbini, which quickly became a place of pilgrimage.
Among the pilgrims was the Indian Emperor Ashoka, who erected one of his memorial pillars here. The site is now being developed as a center of Buddhist pilgrimage, where archaeological remains associated with the birth of Lord Buddha form a central feature.
Some of the other Viharas and Monasteries in the area are Myanmar Golden Temple, Tara Foundation Temple, Sri Lanka Monastery, Korean Temple (Dae Sung Shakya), Cambodian Monastery and Vietnamese Temple Phat Quoc Tu .
Lumbini is one of the holiest and most important places in Nepal, which has earned it inclusion in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Areas.
The International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), India – headquartered in New Delhi, was established in 2013 as an international Buddhist umbrella body to serve as a common platform for Buddhists worldwide. It has the honor of being instituted under the patronage of the supreme Buddhist religious hierarchy.
The aim is to create a platform for various Buddhist organizations and traditions around the world to preserve, propagate and promote shared Buddhist values and principles. The objective is also to find shared solutions to global problems.
The IBC has been actively involved in the engagement of Buddhist organizations in Nepal and has strong relationships with several senior Buddhist monks. The Prime Minister’s visit and the construction of an Indian center within the Lumbini monastic complex will further strengthen ties through shared Buddhist heritage and heritage.