Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plane landed at Kushinagar International Airport in Uttar Pradesh . Members of his delegation were also present with him. From here he reached Lumbini in Nepal by a special aircraft of the Indian Air Force. Here he offered prayers at the Mahamaya Devi Temple.
During his one-day visit, Prime Minister Modi will hold detailed discussions with his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba on the issue of promoting bilateral cooperation in various fields including hydropower, development and connectivity. Lumbini is located in the Terai plains of Nepal and is one of the holiest sites of Buddhism.
After offering prayers at the Mahamaya Devi Temple, the Prime Minister will also address a public meeting on Buddha Jayanti. It has been organised by the Lumbini Development Trust in collaboration with the Government of Nepal. PM Modi will also attend the foundation stone laying ceremony for the construction of Buddhist Culture and Heritage Centre in Lumbini Buddh Vihara area.
The International Buddhist Culture and Heritage Center is being built with a global appeal by the International Buddhist Confederation based in India in collaboration with the Lumbini Development Trust. For this, the Ministry of Culture, Government of India will provide financial support.
The International Buddhist Confederation is a grant-in-aid body under the Ministry of Culture. This Buddhist centre will be the first zero carbon emission building in Nepal.