KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has pledged to develop Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, as a place of inspiration for the world peace.
PM Oli made this pledge while addressing the Sangha Daan program organised at the Thai Monastery in Lumbini on the occasion of the 2563rd Buddha Jayanti today. He expressed the commitment that works would be pursued in collaboration with the Buddhist community for giving a new life to Lumbini. “Many efforts for the development of Lumbini have been taking a concrete shape in the past years. The government from this year has moved ahead in a planned manner for further developing Lumbini as a sacred place propagating the Buddha’s message to the world,” he said.
Recalling the collaboration with 19 Buddhist countries, he said the government would concentrate on Lumbini’s development. On the occasion, vice-chair of the Lumbini Development Trust, Vikkshu Metteya expressed the commitment to increase the religious and tourism activities in Lumbini.
Vikkshu Supath of the Thai Monastery expressed happiness to have the opportunity to organize the program to give the message to the entire Buddhist community at the Thai Monastery in the presence of the Prime Minister.
Earlier, PM Oli initiated a sapling planting function at the New Lumbini Village. As many as 2,643 saplings would be planted in Lumbini this year. This many plants will be planted marking the 2,643 years of the Buddha’s birth. After attending the afforestation program, the PM participated in a Peace Rally from the Mayadevi temple premises to the Peace Lamp. At the peace lamp spot, he handed over the peace torch to Olympian Baikuntha Manandhar. After participating in the peace torch handover ceremony, he attended the Sangh Daan program where he made donations to the monks and nuns at the Thai Monastery.
PM Oli presented the chibar (robe), the asthapariskar and food items to 150 monks and nuns on the occasion. He then attended the Lumbini Visit Year inauguration and the Buddha Purnima main celebration program.
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