Sri Lankan president to visit Bodh Gaya - The New Indian Express

Sri Lankan president to visit Bodh Gaya

Published: 26th January 2013 10:59 AM

Last Updated: 26th January 2013 10:59 AM

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will visit Bodh Gaya in Bihar Feb 8 to pray at the site where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment, an official said Saturday.

The president will also meet Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

"Rajapaksa will visit Bodh Gaya to offer prayers at the Mahabodhi temple for peace and development of his country," an official said here.

Thousands of Sri Lankans visit Bodh Gaya annually.

Bodh Gaya's 1,500-year-old Mahabodhi Temple is considered Buddhism's holiest shrine. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002.

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