President U Win Myint and First Lady Daw Cho Cho, who are in Nepal on official visit, visited the birth place of the Buddha in the Lumbini Garden in Bhairahawa of Province-5 of Nepal yesterday.
The Myanmar delegation led by the President and First Lady left Kathmandu by special flight yesterday morning and arrived at the Gautam Buddha Airport in Bhairahawa at 9:50 am.
The delegation flew to Lumbini by helicopter of Nepali and armed forces and they were welcomed there by Chief of Province Mr. Umakant Jha, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Rabindra Adhikari, Province-5 Chief Minister Mr. Shankar Pokharel, the Mayor of Bhairahawa and officials.
The delegation went to Maya Devi Temple by car and Nepali officials conducted them around the temple.
The President and First Lady paid obeisance to the Buddha Image, listened to the Parittas recited by the members of the Sangha led by Myanmar Shwe Kyaung Monastery’s Sayadaw Bhaddanta Kovida and donated cash to the members of the Sangha. At the briefing hall of the temple, Nepali Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Rabindra Adhikari extended greetings to the Myanmar delegation. The President signed in the visitor’s book and had a documentary photo taken together with the dignitaries.
Afterwards, the Myanmar delegation visited the Panitayama International Meditation Centre and donated offertories to Sayadaw Bhaddanta Vivakananda of the monastery. Later, the delegation proceeded to the Myanmar Shwekyaung Monastery.
At the monastery, President U Win Myint, First Lady Daw Cho Cho and party paid obeisance to the Lawkamani Sula Pagoda in the compound of the monastery and donated offertories to Presiding Sayadaw of the monastery Bhaddanta Kovida.
Afterwards, the Myanmar delegation flew the Gutam Buddha Airport by helicopter, and thence, the delegation flew to Kathmandu by special flight.