Bangladesh to build Buddhist Monastery in Lumbini
10th Oct, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew
LUMBINI, Oct 10: Bangladesh is planning to build a Buddha Bihar in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha. An agreement has been signed between Bangladesh's Ambassador to Nepal Salahuddin Noman Chowdhury and Lumbini Development Trust Vice-Chairman Venerable Metteyya Sakyaputta to build a Buddhist monastery in Lumbini.
After the agreement, Ambassador Chowdhury said that he was happy to sign an agreement on behalf of the Government of Bangladesh to build a Buddhist monastery in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, with the aim of expanding cultural and tourism ties between Nepal and Bangladesh. He said, "Bangladesh is the first to build a Buddhist monastery in Nepal. The Bangladesh government will give high priority to this work. We will complete the work as soon as possible. We will build the monastery within the rules and regulations of the Lumbini Development Fund."
Referring to Bangladesh's long-standing relationship with Lumbini, Vice-Chairman of the Lumbini Development Trust, Venerable Metteyya Sakyaputta, lauded Bangladesh's role as a member of the International Committee for the Development of Lumbini, which was formed in 1972. He said the Buddhist monastery to be built by the Bangladesh government in Lumbini, which is visited by around 1.5 million people every year, would also create an environment for people from all over the world to visit Bangladesh. He said, "People will want to visit Bangladesh after seeing the monastery built by the Bangladesh government."
Saroj Bhattarai, Project chief of the Lumbini Development Trust, said that Bangladesh had agreed to build the monastery in an area of 80 by 80 meters in the plot number WC in the western part of Lumbini. Bhattarai said, "An agreement has been reached between His Excellency Ambassador Chowdhury and the Vice-Chairman of our Trust to complete the construction within three years. We are confident that this plan will be completed on time."