Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Lumbini in Nepal on May 16 at the invitation of his Nepali counterpart Bahadur Deuba .
During his visit to the neighbouring country, the Prime Minister is also scheduled to attend celebrations to mark the occasion of Buddha Jayanti organised by the Nepal government
“I look forward to offering prayers at the Mayadevi Temple on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Jayanti. I am honoured to follow in the footsteps of millions of Indians to pay reverence at the sacred site of Lord Buddha’s birth… Apart from visiting the holy Mayadevi Temple, I will be participating in “Shilanyas” ceremony of the India International Centre for Buddhist Culture & Heritage in the Lumbini Monastic Zone,” the Prime Minister’s Office said PM Modi.
The Prime Minister said that he looks forward to meeting Deuba again after during his visit to India last month as his last meeting with him was very productive
“Our ties with Nepal are unparalleled. The civilisational and people-to-people contacts between India and Nepal form the enduring edifice of our close relationship,” he said.