Prime Minister Narendra Modi In Nepal, Lumbini, Offers Prayers At Mahamayadevi Temple ; Bilateral Talks With Sher Bahadur Deuba In The Schedule

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers at the Mahamayadevi Temple in Lumbini, Nepal on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti. Prime Minister will also deliver an address at a Buddha Jayanti event organized by the Lumbini Development Trust under the aegis of the Government of Nepal.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Nepal for a brief visit to Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, and also hold comprehensive talks with his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba to expand bilateral cooperation in multiple areas, including in hydropower, development and connectivity.

Modi, who is in the Himalayan nation at the invitation of Deuba, is paying a day-long visit to Lumbini on the occasion of Buddha Purnima.

It is the prime minister’s fifth visit to Nepal since 2014. Modi and his entourage arrived in Lumbini on a special Indian Air Force helicopter from Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh.

Lumbini, located in the Terai plains of southern Nepal, is one of the holiest places of Buddhism, as Lord Buddha was born there.

During his visit, Modi will visit the sacred Maya Devi temple and deliver an address at the Buddha Jayanti celebrations organised by the Lumbini Development Trust.

The visiting prime minister will also participate in the foundation laying ceremony for the construction of a centre for Buddhist Culture and heritage within the Lumbini Monastic Zone.

Prime Minister Modi and his Nepalese counterpart Deuba will also hold a bilateral meeting in Lumbini.

“During the meeting, they will exchange views on Nepal-India cooperation and matters of mutual interests,” said a statement issued by Nepal’s ministry of foreign affairs.

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