New Kushinagar Airport is a step towards India strengthening its Buddhist heritage | Latest India News
Ambassadors from more than 10 countries, where Buddhism is practiced and preached, will attend the inauguration of the airport and religious ceremonies at Parinirvana Stupa with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Amid the presence of over 100 priests and eight high priests from Sri Lanka led by Prime Minister’s son Mahinda Rajpaksa, Namal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will place Kushinagar, site of Lord Buddha’s Parinirvana, firmly on the circuit. Buddhist tourism by inaugurating the international airport in October. 20.
By keeping the focus on the 3Ts – trade, tourism, technology – as markers of economic development, PM Modi will inaugurate the new airport also in the presence of ambassadors from at least 10 to 15 countries, where Buddhism is both practiced and preached. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also be present on the occasion and the two leaders are expected to address a political rally afterwards.
It is understood that PM Modi will also visit the Parinirvana Stupa, where Lord Buddha, after decades of missionary activity, is said to have died in 487 BCE in Kushinagar. It is said that Mauryan King Ashoka the Great visited the site of parinirvana, which was enlarged to include an elongated statue of the founder of Buddhism during the Gupta period after the expansion during the Kushan empire. The current temple was built by the central government in 1956.
The excavations of the last century in the area by Indian and foreign archaeologists have also led them to believe that Piprahwa, some 100 km from Kushinagar, was the site of the ancient city of Kapilavastu, the capital of the kingdom of Shakya, where the Prince Siddhartha Gautama spent the first 29 years of his life. Others think Kapilavastu is in Nepal. It was at Piprahwa that a buried stupa was found containing relics of Buddha. The founder of Buddhism reached Nirvana at Bodh Gaya in adjacent Bihar.
According to UP government officials, more than 110 Buddhist priests and eight high priests are flying from Sri Lanka for the inauguration with Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa, 35, leading the delegation. The priests will conduct religious ceremonies at the Parinirvana Stupa.
The inauguration of Kushinagar International Airport will coincide with the city’s connection with other Buddhist sites by trains dedicated to Indians and foreigners interested in pilgrimage or religious tourism.