"I see Lord Buddha in the 21st century across national borders, across faith systems, across political ideologies, playing the role of a bridge to promote understanding to counsel patience and to enlighten us".
In his message on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti, Deuba has wished for emancipation of the country people from all sorts of injustice and suppression and peace would prevail in the country by following the teachings of the Lord Buddha.
Remembering Baba Saheb Dr. Ambedkar, the Prime Minister said that the Architect of Indian Constitution took inspiration from teachings of the Buddha. "These are human values, which are most desired in the world today", he said.
In this context, he listed his government's flagship initiatives such as opening bank accounts for the underprivileged, enabling a low-priced premium insurance scheme, free gas connections to poor households and other measures for the welfare of the poor. He said Rs 360 crore had been approved for a Buddhist Circuit.
Modi said the country has inherited Lord Buddha's wisdom.
Reverentially, the most important day for the followers of Buddhism, commemorates three important events - lord Buddha's birth, enlightenment and also his attainment of the highest spiritual goals, "Nirvana" respectively in Bodh Gaya and "Parinirvana" (final cessation) in Kushinagara of India.
The event was attended by Culture Minister Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) Secretary-General Dr Dhammapiya. Hundreds of people are visiting Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
April 30 this year marked Buddha Purnima, also known as Vesak, the day that denotes the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Lord Buddha. "Keeping this in mind, our government is working on reviving and protecting its cultural heritage and memories associated with Lord Buddha", Modi said while inaugurating the Buddha Jayanti celebrations here.