Lumbini/New Delhi, May 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Mayadevi Temple in Lumbini, Nepal, today as the first stop of his one-day visit to Lumbini. Prime Minister Modi was accompanied by the Prime Minister of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba and his spouse Dr. Arzu Rana Deuba. The Leaders paid their respects at the Marker Stone inside the temple premises. Which pinpoints the exact birth spot of Lord Buddha.
They attended the pooja conducted as per Buddhist rituals. Maya Devi was the mother of Gautama Buddha. The visit comes on the auspicious occasion of 2566th Buddha Jayanti. The two Prime Ministers also lighted lamps near the Ashoka Pillar located adjacent to the temple. The pillar, which was erected by Emperor Ashoka in 249 BC. Bears the first epigraphic evidence of Lumbini being the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Thereafter, the two Prime Ministers watered the Bodhi tree sapling from Bodh Gaya which was gifted by PM Modi to Lumbini in 2014 and also signed the temple’s visitor’s book. PM Modi, accompanied by the Nepalese PM, also took a tour of the temple.