Buddhist pilgrims from Korea who came to Lumbini on foot return home

By Laxman Paudel,

Bhairahawa, Mar 15: The 200 Buddhist monks and pilgrims from Korea who came to Lumbini on foot all the way India’s capital city New Delhi have returned home after performing puja in the holiest shrine of the Buddhist.

The team of the Korean Buddhists walked toward India through Kakrahawa border on Wednesday morning.

A Buddhist organization registered under the Culture, Sports and Tourism Ministry in South Korea has arranged the visit on foot of the Buddhist monks, nuns and other pilgrims to Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha.

They have arrived Lumbini trekking over a thousand kilometer from New Delhi via India’s Bodhgaya, Sharanath and Kushinagar.

The team had begun the journey on February 9.

A grand ceremony was organized to receive the Korean pilgrims comprised of Buddhist monks and nuns by the Lumbini Development Trust on Tuesday.Senior monk Thasung wished for world peace in the front of Maya Devi Temple and gave discourse after visiting premises of Lumbini such as Maya Devi Temple, Pious Puskarani Pond, Ashoka pillar.

Korean Buddhist and pilgrimage worshipped Maya Devi temple and wished for the world peace. Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Nepal, Park, Chong-Suk, also attended the prayers.

Basu Dev Ghimire, member of house of representative from Rupandehi-4, said that this visitation from South Korea has further strengthened the relationship between Nepal and South Korea.

He mentioned that Nepal and South Korea are not only connected religiously but also in terms of employment as well.

Park, Chong-Suk, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Nepal, expressed his happiness on receiving the pilgrimage along with senior monk in the premise of the Maya Devi temple.

Ven. Metteyya Sakyaputta (Abhadesh Kumar Tripathi), Vice Chairman of the Lumbini Development Trust(LDT) said that the month of February holds an utmost relationship in the life of Lord Buddha.

– TRN Online

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