Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Wednesday inaugurate the Kushinagar International Airport built in Uttar Pradesh as part of an effort to connect Buddhist pilgrimage sites around the world. He will also lay the foundation stone of various development projects in Uttar Pradesh during his visit. Assembly elections are due in Uttar Pradesh early next year. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said that the Prime Minister will also participate in a function organized on ‘Abhidhamma Day’ at the Kushinagar Mahaparinirvana temple. After this, he will also participate in a public function to lay the foundation stone of various development projects and inaugurate them.
Kushinagar is an international Buddhist pilgrimage site where Lord Gautam Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana. A Sri Lankan delegation of over 100 Buddhist monks and dignitaries will arrive there from Colombo, Sri Lanka, to mark the inauguration of the Kushinagar International Airport. In this, a 12-member holy relic team will bring the relics of Lord Buddha for exhibition.
The Prime Minister’s Office said that the delegation will also include the Anunayakas (Deputy Heads) of all the four Nikats of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Asgiriya, Amarapura, Ramanya and Malavatta. Along with this, five ministers of the Sri Lankan government under the leadership of cabinet minister Namal Rajapaksa will also be part of it.
Kushinagar International Airport to be inaugurated
The office said that this airport has been built at an estimated cost of Rs 260 crore. This will make it convenient for domestic and international pilgrims to visit the Mahaparinirvana site of Lord Buddha. This airport has been constructed as part of an attempt to connect the world with this Buddhist pilgrimage site. This airport will be beneficial for the adjoining districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and it is also an important step towards increasing investment and employment opportunities in the region.
Prime Minister Modi later tweeted, “Tomorrow is a special day for our infrastructure and civil aviation sector. Kushinagar International Airport will be inaugurated and the first flight will come from Colombo in Sri Lanka, with a group of Buddhist monks among its passengers. Uttar Pradesh and Bihar will benefit from this airport.
Modi will visit the Mahaparinirvana temple to have a reclining posture idol of Lord Buddha and plant a Bodhi tree. He will also participate in a function organized on ‘Abhidhamma’ day. The day marks the return of three months of rain ‘Varshavas’ or ‘Vas’ for Buddhist monks. During this, Buddhist monks stay at one place in the monastery and monastery and offer prayers. The event will be attended by eminent Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, South Korea, Nepal, Bhutan and Cambodia and ambassadors from various countries.
PA Modi to lay foundation stone of Government Medical College
The Prime Minister’s Office said that Modi will also visit an exhibition of excavated Buddhist artifacts from Vadnagar and other sites in Gujarat and an exhibition of Buddhist Sutra calligraphy and Ajanta murals. The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of the Government Medical College, Kushinagar, which will be built at a cost of over Rs 280 crore, in a public event. The college will have a 500-bed hospital and will admit 100 students in the MBBS course in the academic session 2022-2023. The Prime Minister later said in a tweet, “It has been our constant endeavor to strengthen the medical infrastructure in the country.” Will also lay the foundation stone.
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