Dalai Lama inaugurates Buddha Smriti Park in Patna

     Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Thursday inaugurated Buddha Smriti Park in Patna. Dalai Lama also planted a sapling of the Mahabodhi banyan tree brought from Sri Lanka to mark the occasion of Buddha Purnima. Relics of the Buddhist era brought from Sri Lanka, Japan, Thailand, Myanmar and South Korea were installed in the Park built by Bihar Government to commemorate the 2550th anniversary of 'mahanirvana' (salvation) of Lord Buddha. Taking part in the ceremony were Governor Devanand Kunwar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi. Later, Dalai Lama took part in a religious ceremony. The Park has been built at a cost of over Rs 100 crore near the Patna Railway Station. The park has a meditation centre, museum, stupas and a multi-storied car park and is expected to draw tourists from across the world.

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