BAGLUNG, Oct 31: President Bidya Devi Bhandari said Lumbini is the site of global attraction and its development should be the priority of the Nepal Government.
“Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, is a holy place of global attraction and its development should be carried out through the people’s support. People’s happiness is our happiness,” the head-of-the-state said.
The President who arrived at Lumbini today inaugurated the Vajrayana Mahabihar (a Buddhist temple) and the Welcome Gate of the Nepal Mandala.
On the occasion, she said, "The message of Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Budhha, gets spread across all quarters; this is a world-heritage site, and the assimilation of the spirit of his teachings would serve and promote humanity."
Stating that the agenda of national development should remain uninfluenced by regional thoughts, the president said the development of Lumbini should be the priority and concern of all. “There should be a common understanding for its development.”
The president utilized the moment to direct lawmakers, former ministers, and mayors joining the forum to complete the Lumbini Master Plan on time.
On this occasion, the president honored the mayor, deputy mayor, and ward chairs from the Kathmandu Metropolis for the financial support to the Mahabihar.
The president landed in Lumbini by helicopter at 11AM today and was welcomed by Lumbini Province Chief Minister Kul Prasad KC, Lumbini Development Trust Vice Chair Ven. Metteyya (Awadhesh Tripathi) and lawmakers Dr Surya Pathak and Khimlal Bhattarai, among others.
Welcoming the head-of-state to the Vajrayan Mahabihar, Lumbini Buddhist University former vice-chancellor Prof Dr Naresh Man Bajracharya said the Kathmandu Metropolis supported Rs 42.9 million for the construction of the Mahabihar.