Bhairahawa: The 2557th Buddha Jayanti was observed amid a special programme in Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, today.
Inaugurating the programme, Chairman of the Interim Election Council Khil Raj Regmi pledged government’s full support in the development, promotion and conservation of the holy place and necessary budget for carrying out the Lumbini Master Plan.
Buddha’s philosophy of peace and non-violence holds special significance to Nepal and its people, especially in the aftermath of the 10-year-long armed conflict, Regmi maintained. “Violence brings only destruction, therefore, peace should be our only goal for now ownwards,” he said.
Buddha, the Light of Asia, could be viewed as a philosopher of all religions than only Buddhism, given the relevancy of his philosophy to the whole of humanity, Regmi said.
Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ram Kumar Shrestha also underscored the importance of Lumbini Master Plan for the development of the holy site. Karma Sangbo Sherpa, Vice-chairman, Lumbini Development Trust, said 75 per cent of the master plan was completed and the remaining work was stuck due to budget crunch.
Meanwhile, no political leaders, foreign guests or envoys visited Lumbini to commemorate the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha this year.
Even the commoners’ turnout was low, sources said.
LDT Secretary Ajitman Tamang said, “Though we had sent invitations to foreign envoys, they could not make it due to their busy schedule.”
Similarly, no LDF officials and staff were present in the peace rally held this morning in Lumbini.
Source: The Himalayan Times-25 May, 2013