PM Narendra Modi Bodhgaya: The current prime minister of India became the second after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to visit bodh gaya. After visiting the holy place, he proceeded to the Mahabodhi temple, which is considered as the holiest shrine of Buddhism, and prayed there.
N Dorjee, the Secretary of Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee said, “Right after the arrival, PM Modi visited the 1500-year-old Mahabodhi temple and offered prayers.”
Afterwards, he circumambulated the famous and holy Mahabodhi tree under which Lord Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment 2,550 years ago.
Now, Narendra Modi will head towards the three-day international Buddhist conclave concluding ceremony which is scheduled to take place in the temple premises itself. It will be attended by the 90 nation’s delegation head including former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga and the foreign ministers of Japan, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan, and Taiwan.
Ram Nath, the Governor of Bihar received Modi along with Shyam Razak, the food minister at the Gaya airport.
Indian prime minister will also see and address the monks and other religious heads of several nations. His schedule includes to attend a special prayer and a photo exhibition on the Buddhist heritage and the holy relics of Lord Buddha at the Mahabodhi Society of India.
For the security purposes, the security is tightended to the extent that Bodhgaya has been turned into a fort with a huge army. Moreover, a 16-member Special Protection Group team has been assigned the work of monitoring the security arrangements as told by the police.