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Yogi takes stock of preparations ahead of PM’s visit to Kushinagar

Kushinagar (UP) : As Narendra Modi looks set to create history by becoming the first Prime Minister to visit Kushinagar on the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has set it to himself to make the event a ‘special’ one. The Chief Minister reached Kushinagar on Saturday to take stock of preparations and security arrangements at the venue. While going through every detail of the event thoroughly, the Adityanath laid out important guidelines and instructed the officials to be on their toes all the time to make the event a success. He also held a meeting with the officials of the administration and police at the Kushinagar International Airport complex and discussed the preparations and security arrangements and gave necessary instructions. He closely examined the main Mahaparinirvana temple, where the event is scheduled to be held, and the helipad for the PM’s chopper. While taking stock of the preparations, the Chief Minister offered prayers in front of the statue of Lord Buddha at Mahaparinirvana temple. Prime Minister Modi will be visiting Kushinagar on the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha on May 16. He will arrive at the Kushinagar International Airport at around 9:30 am. It is to be known that the preacher of truth, non-violence, love and humanity attained Nirvana in Kushinagar. The PM will also visit Lumbini in Nepal, where Lord Buddha was born. Modi will offer a Chevre (Chadar) on Monday and prayers to the laying statue of Lord Buddha at the Mahaparinirvana temple. A delegation of Buddhist monks, including President of the Bhikshu Sangh AB Dnyaneshwar, will remain present in the temple during the offering of ‘Chevre’. The Prime Minister will also be spending some time in meditation at Mahaparinirvana temple. During this, he will also donate ‘Chevre’ and ‘Sangandaan’ to Buddhist monks of various monasteries. The PM will be visiting the Mahaparinirvana temple of Lord Buddha for the second time within seven months. Earlier, he had come here on October 20 to inaugurate the Kushinagar International Airport. The same day, he offered prayers at the Mahaparinirvana temple and offered a ‘Chevre’ to the statue of Tathagata. The inauguration and foundation stone laying ceremony at Mahant Digvijaynath Memorial Park in Gorakhpur, scheduled for 4 pm on Saturday, has been postponed. Due to the declaration of state mourning by the Central government following the demise of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, the ceremony will now take place on Sunday from 10:30 am. During the ceremony, the Chief Minister will inaugurate 40 projects worth Rs 33.16 crore and lay the foundation stone for 21 projects worth Rs 111.33 crore.

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