Kathmandu, May 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Mayadevi Temple in Lumbini, Nepal on May 16, 2022 as the first stop of his one-day visit to Lumbini.
PM Modi was accompanied by the Prime Minister of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba and his spouse Arzu Rana Deuba.
The Leaders took part in the rituals conducted as per Buddhist rituals at the Marker Stone inside the temple premises, which pinpoints the exact birth spot of Lord Buddha.
The two Prime Ministers also lit 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 leaders 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.