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Lumbini Receiving A Makeover For SAARC Leaders’ Visit


Rupandehi, Nov 6,2014: Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, is receiving a makeover in view of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi´s and two other SAARC leaders´ visit.

Lumbini Area Development Trust is beautifying Lumbini as the Indian PM along with the Bhutanese King and Sri Lankan President expressed their willingness to visit this Buddhist holy shrine during their sojourn to Nepal for the SAARC summit to be held in Kathmandu on 26 and 27 of this month.

Modi, along with two other leaders, will be visiting the Mayadevi temple, the temple named after Lord Buddha´s mother, as well as the other sites within the Lord Buddha´ birth place.

The three SAARC dignitaries will fly to Lumbini in a special chopper, informed Saroj Bhattarai, a senior engineer of the Trust.

Bhattarai further informed that the Trust is making every possible effort to give a facelift to Lumbini according to which places as four ponds that are in the ´Sacred Garden´ area, temples as Mayadevi and the central canal and the like are being cleaned, re-constructed, renovated and painted.

The Trust has proposed around Rs 10.5 million with the government for this purpose; however it has already undertaken the ´Lumbini Beautifying´ task with its own budget.

Three agreements to be signed during Modi’s visit Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reportedly made internal preparations to sign three different agreements amidst the presence of around five to six hundred people, but the topics are yet to be disclosed, Bhattarai said.

Modi is scheduled to address the public after visiting the Mayadevi temple but the issues of the agreements and the place for his public address are yet to be confirmed, engineer Bhattarai added.

In view of the SAARC leaders´ visit to Lumbini, the local administration has beefed up the security, said Regional Administrator Dinesh Prasad Thapaliya.

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