PM Modi lays foundation stone for India International Centre for Buddhist Culture and Heritage in Nepal’s Lumbini


PTI | Lumbini | Updated: 16-05-2022 13:05 IST | Created: 16-05-2022 13:03 IST
PM Modi lays foundation stone for India International Centre for Buddhist Culture and Heritage in Nepal’s Lumbini
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File Phto) Image Credit: ANI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba on Monday laid the foundation stone for the India International Centre for Buddhist Culture and Heritage in the Lumbini Monastic Zone here.

Once completed, the Centre will be a world-class facility welcoming pilgrims and tourists from all over the world to enjoy the essence of the spiritual aspects of Buddhism.

"Taking forward our cultural ties. PM @narendramodi and PM @SherBDeuba perform Shilanyas ceremony of the India International Centre for Buddhist Culture & Heritage," Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said on Twitter.

"The center is being built at the initiative of the International Buddhist Confederation, New Delhi," he said.

The Centre will be a modern building, NetZero compliant in terms of energy, water, and waste handling, and will house prayer halls, meditation centers, library, exhibition hall, cafeteria, offices, and other amenities, the MEA said in a statement.

The Centre will be constructed by the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), New Delhi, on a plot allocated to the IBC by the Lumbini Development Trust (LDT), under an agreement between the IBC and the LDT signed in March 2022, it said.

After the "shilanyaas" ceremony, which was performed by monks belonging to three major Buddhist traditions, Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana, the two Prime Ministers also unveiled a model of the Centre, the MEA said.

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