Indian PM Modi prays at Bodh Gaya

Indian PM Modi prays at Bodh Gaya

Indian PM Modi prays at Bodh Gaya

Written by Staff Writer

06 Sep, 2015 | 8:52 pm

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi prayed at one of the holiest Buddhist shrines in eastern town of Bodh Gaya, where Lord Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment.

Modi offered prayers at the Bodhi tree, a sacred fig near the 1,500-year-old Mahabodhi Temple, which is said to be a descendant of the one Lord Buddha sat under for three days and nights in the sixth century BC, before attaining enlightenment.

Modi meditated for a few minutes in presence of monks and other dignitaries. Later, he was presented a robe and other souvenirs.

The Indian Prime Minister attended the concluding ceremony of a three-day international Buddhist conclave where he underlined the relevance of Buddhist teachings for conflict resolution.

Buddhist scriptures describe Bodh Gaya as the “Navel of the Earth”, where pilgrims and tourists from Sri Lanka, China, Japan and the entire of southeastern Asia throng this holiest of Buddhist shrines every year.

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