PM Narendra Modi visited Lumbini in Nepal on occasion of Buddha Purnima

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Lumbini, Nepal, to participate in the Buddha Jayanti (Buddha Purnima) celebrations at the Mayadevi temple on May 16.

  • Lumbini (Nepal) is the birthplace of Gautama Buddha.

  • The Prime Minister took a flight from Kushinagar International Airport to Lumbini.

  • Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation stone of India International Center for Buddhist Culture and Heritage at Lumbini Monastery Area, Lumbini, Nepal.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited the Mayadevi temple in Lumbini, Nepal.

  • About Buddha Purnima

  • Buddha Purnima marks the birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

  • It is believed that he attained enlightenment on this day.

  • People who adopt Buddhism in India prefer to wear white clothes and avoid consuming non-vegetarian food.

  • People pour water into the root of the Bodhi tree, give alms and meditate.

  • On the occasion of Buddha Purnima, many devotees visit Mahabodhi Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Bodh Gaya, Bihar.

  • Bodhi Temple is the place where Lord Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment.

  • About Kushinagar

  • Kushinagar is an international tourist destination which is closely associated with Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

  • It is one of the four holy places of Lord Buddha.

  • Buddha delivered his last sermon in Kushinagar and attained Mahaparinirvana (salvation) in 483 BC and was cremated at Rambhar Stupa.

  • The reclining nirvana statue of Lord Buddha inside the temple is 6.10 mt long and is made of monolith red-sandstone of the 5th century A.D. 

  • It represents the ‘Dying-Buddha’ reclining on his right side with his face towards the west.

  • About Maya Devi Temple 

  • It is one of the most ancient Buddhist Temples in Lumbini.

  • It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • It is known as the birthplace of Gautam Buddha.

  • The temple is situated in the middle of the park grounds called Lumbini Development Zone.

  • This temple marks the spot where Maya Devi gave birth to Gautam Buddha.

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