On the auspicious day of Buddha Purnima, Dalai Lama inaugurated the Buddha Smriti Park in Patna. The stupa in the park will be named as the ‘Pataliputra Karuna Stupa’.
Buddha Purnima was celebrated across the country by followers of Buddhism. Buddha Purnima marks the birth, enlightenment and attainment of Nirvana by Lord Buddha.
The Buddha Smriti park has been developed by the Bihar Govt to commemorate the 2554th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha. The park will have a museum, where Buddhist relics from Japan, Myanmar, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Thailand will be installed. The park has also received two saplings of the sacred ‘Maha Bodhi’ trees from Bodh Gaya, place where Lord Buddha is said to have gained enlightment, and Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka.
Delegates from the Buddhist nations of Sri Lanka, Burma, Japan and Thailand were also present for the inauguration, which was presided over by the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar. Spread over 22 acres of land, and very close to the Patna Railway Junction, the park is one of its kind in Patna.